Governor Andrew Cuomo’s has made a pledge to make a push in the next few months to pass legislation legalizing same-sex marriage in New York.  About 14 months ago, the State Senate voted, 38 to 24, to continue the state’s discrimination against gay and lesbian couples who want to get married. However, strong leadership by Governor Cuomo could change the outcome of this vote in the future.  The Democratic-led Assembly supports extending the freedom to marry to same-sex couples. The obstacle remains in the State Senate where Democrats are currently in the minority.  The issue is whether the State Senate can gather a mass amount of votes over the Republicans.  Read More.

While discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation is not itself is not yet protected by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, but this law does makes it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. Please visit the EEOC’s website for more information: www.eeoc.gov/policy/vii.html.

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