© 2021 Western New York Public Broadcasting Association

140 Lower Terrace
Buffalo, NY 14202

Mailing Address:
Horizons Plaza P.O. Box 1263
Buffalo, NY 14240-1263

Buffalo Toronto Public Media | Phone 716-845-7000
WBFO Newsroom | Phone: 716-845-7040
Your NPR Station
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
National/International

Lt. Gov. praises High Court's LGBTQ decision

IMG_0718.jpg
Mike Desmond
/
WBFO News
This year's Gay Pride Parade has been canceled due to COVID-19.

A U.S. Supreme Court decision Monday saying federal law bars discrimination against LGBTQ people drew praise from Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul.

The case has been working its way up in the court system over whether people could be legally discriminated against because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Hochul said the court's decision that it was discrimination is the right decision.

"New York State has always been a leader when it comes to the rights of LGBTQ members of our society," she said, "and this is actually the 50th anniversary of the first Gay Pride march. This month, we would have been celebrating in person. So we're proud of that history and we know what we do in the State of New York to ensure these individuals are not discriminated against, but we're never sure what they are going to do at the federal level with the Supreme Court."

Hochul said she hopes the High Court continues this attitude in other cases headed to the court or likely to head to the court. She said all New Yorkers benefit from the decision.

"This is a great day for all of New Yorkers to know that there's no one among us is going to be discriminated against because of who they love," she said, "and so I am really pleased to see the Supreme Court showing such enlightenment and I encourage them to continue these values going forward as they look at future cases."

Related Content