The Republican-controlled state senate passed the measure by just four votes late Friday. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed it immediately. Transcript & sources >>
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"The bill's passage is a win-win for Governor Cuomo, who both proves his dedication to LGBT rights and his ability to negotiate". LGBT is an initialism used since the 1990s as a self-designation by what was formerly known as the "gay community". It refers collectively to "lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender" people.