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Key Votes

Sheldon Silver's Voting Records on Issue: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Full Name: Sheldon Silver
Office: State Assembly (NY) - District 65, Democratic, Liberal Speaker
First Elected: 11/02/1976
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Rosa; 4 Children: Edward, Janine, Michelle, Esther
Birth Date: 02/13/1944
Birth Place: New York City, NY
Home City: New York City, NY
Religion: Jewish

New York Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
June 16, 2014 A 6983B Prohibits Sexual Orientation Conversion Therapy on Patients Under the Age of 18 Bill Passed - House
(105 - 28)
Yea
April 30, 2012 A 5039 Prohibits Discrimination Based on Gender Identity or Expression Bill Passed - House
(81 - 59)
Yea
June 15, 2011 A 8354 Marriage Equality Enactment Bill Passed - House
(80 - 63)
Yea
July 1, 2010 S 1523 Allowing Unmarried Partners to Adopt a Child Bill Passed - House
(95 - 44)
Yea
March 2, 2010 A 5710 Prohibiting Gender Identity Discrimination Bill Passed - House
(100 - 43)
Yea
Dec. 2, 2009 A 40003 Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passed - House
(88 - 51)
Yea
May 12, 2009 A 7732 Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passed - House
(89 - 52)
Yea
June 19, 2007 A 8590 Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passed - House
(85 - 61)
Yea

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