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State landmarks to be lit red, orange, yellow, green, blue & violet in celebration of Pride Month

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Fri, Jun 25th 2021 10:10 am

Lighting also celebrates 10th anniversary of signing of Marriage Equality Law

√ Read Marriage Equality Week proclamation HERE

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced landmarks statewide will be lit red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet in celebration of Pride Month and the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Marriage Equality Law in New York. Landmarks will be lit to Sunday, June 27.

"When you look at the long line of marches towards equality and freedom, so many of them started right here in New York, including the birth of the LGBTQ+ rights movement with Stonewall," Cuomo said. "Ten years ago, we marked yet another historic chapter of progress in our state and this nation with the Marriage Equality Law, and we didn't stop there – we've been fighting for LGBTQ+ New Yorkers and their families ever since. In honor of Pride Month and Marriage Equality Week, we are lighting landmarks all across the state in the colors of the pride flag because love always wins in New York."

Landmarks to be lit include:

  • One World Trade Center
  • Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge
  • Kosciuszko Bridge
  • The H. Carl McCall SUNY Building
  • State Education Building
  • Alfred E. Smith State Office Building
  • State Fairgrounds – Main Gate & Expo Center
  • Niagara Falls
  • Grand Central Terminal – Pershing Square Viaduct
  • Albany International Gateway

June 24 also marked the 10th anniversary of the passage of New York's Marriage Equality Act, which amended New York's Domestic Relations Law to state:

√ A marriage that is otherwise valid shall be valid regardless of whether the parties to the marriage are of the same or different sex;

√ No government treatment or legal status, effect, right, benefit, privilege, protection or responsibility relating to marriage shall differ based on the parties to the marriage being the same sex or a different sex; and

√ No application for a marriage license shall be denied on the ground that the parties are of the same or a different sex.

In honor of this milestone, Cuomo signed a proclamation declaring June 20-26 as Marriage Equality Week.

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