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State Senate Passes, Governor Signs Anti-Gay Bias Bill

By Mark Scott

Albany, NY – The State Senate approved the anti-gay bias bill Tuesday. It was immediately signed by Governor George Pataki.

The legislation protects people from abuse, harassment and discrimination based on their sexual preference in issues like employment, housing, education and public services.

Just one of Western New York's six senators voted for it, Democrat Byron Brown. The five others voted no.

The Empire State Pride Agenda says approval of the anti-bias legislation lays the foundation for full legal equality for gays.

Also Tuesday, the State Senate passed legislation lowering the standard for Driving While Intoxicated .08 from .10.