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Issue Position: LGBT Equality

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Eric believes in progressive justice that takes an activist approach to protecting the rights of all New Yorkers. A longtime leader in the fight to ensure equal rights for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender community in New York State, Eric believes that no one should be denied civil rights on the basis of their sexual orientation.

Eric strongly supports marriage equality for same-sex couples. As Attorney General, Eric will keep fighting to make sure that every New Yorker has the fundamental civil rights that come with a marriage license.

Eric voted to pass the Hate Crimes Bill that increased penalties for more than fifty kinds of crimes if it is proven that the act was committed as a result of a victim's age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, race, disability or ethnic background. Eric passed the Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act (SONDA), which expanded civil and human rights laws, making it illegal to discriminate against a person because they are gay, lesbian or bisexual. And Eric is fighting to pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), which ensures that all New Yorkers are free from discrimination.

Because schools must be a safe space for all of our children, Eric is a sponsor and strong supporter of the Dignity for All Students Act, which will create legal protections for public school students from harassment and bullying, including verbal abuse and physical violence.

As Attorney General, Eric will vigorously enforce every statute that protects the rights of the LGBT community.


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