New York State Celebrates Diversity and Religious Tolerance
Governor Cuomo was the first to issue regulations making it illegal for employers, housing providers, businesses and creditors to discriminate based on gender identity or transgender status.
The grant program announced its first round of awards to strengthen security at NY’s schools and day care centers at risk of hate crimes because of their ideology, beliefs or mission.
Protecting LGBTQ Rights
Signed Into Law
On January 25, 2019, Governor Cuomo signed into law the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) and legislation banning the practice of conversion therapy.
The Marriage Equality Act
Marriage Equality Becomes a Reality
In 2011, same-sex couples were granted the freedom to marry under the law, as well as hundreds of rights, benefits, and protections that have been limited to married couples of the opposite sex.
Bi-Partisan Support: A Show of Unity
Governor Cuomo led the fight to garner support for the bill from both State Senate and Assembly members who voted in favor of the Marriage Equality Act - delivering long overdue fairness and legal security to thousands of New Yorkers.
Protections for Religious Organizations
The Act grants equal access to the government-created legal institution of civil marriage but leaves the religious institution of marriage to its own separate and fully autonomous sphere, not subject to any legal action for refusing marriage ceremonies.
Leading the Fight Against Unfair Labor Practices
Following an exposé that shed light on the nail salon industry, Gov. Cuomo took immediate action, instituting emergency measures to protect workers from unfair labor practices.
Exploitation has no place in the state of New York. Governor Cuomo's Enforcement Task Force works to stop wage theft and prevent unsafe working conditions across multiple industries.