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Lambda Legal fought for Regina Hawkins-Balducci’s right to add her wife to the lease on her rent-stabilized Manhattan apartment.
Does the state allow same-sex couples to marry?
Does the state recognize marriages of same-sex couples from other jurisdictions?
Does state law protect employees in the private sector from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation?
Does state law protect employees in the private sector from discrimination on the basis of gender identity and/or gender expression?
Does state law expressly protect employees of state and local governments from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation?
Does state law expressly protect employees of state and local governments from discrimination on the basis of gender identity and/or gender expression?
See N.Y. CLS Exec. Law 296 (2012).
All government employees are protected by the U.S. Constitution against irrational discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. In addition, some measure of protection already exists under Title VII based on gender, which has been held to include gender identity and expression.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and several courts have interpreted Title VII to protect transgender employees, and the EEOC has interpreted Title VII to cover sexual orientation discrimination. The Supreme Court has held that the EEOC's interpretations of Title VII are entitled to "great deference."
Who may adopt?
Individuals or couples. See NY CLS Dom Rel § 110.
Approved in In re Jacob, 86 N.Y.2d 651, 636 N.Y.S.2d 716, 660 N.E.2d 397 (1995).
Approved in Matter of Adoption of Carolyn B., N.Y.S.2d, 2004 WL 575028 (N.Y. App. Div., 2004).
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