New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is considering a bill that would ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in housing and employment, with the city facing an influx of gay and lesbian couples seeking to adopt and raise children.
The measure would not take effect until 2020.
It would require employers and landlords to allow same-sex couples to adopt children and to pay for spousal and child support, and would not cover discrimination based on race, religion, gender identity or sexual orientation.
De Blasio’s office said the measure is in response to recent news about the gay marriage issue in the United States.
The bill has attracted support from both Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the state, and a coalition of unions representing more than 30,000 New Yorkers are also planning to support the measure.
It also comes amid a wave of nationwide support for gay marriage, including in the Democratic-controlled Senate.
The governor of Massachusetts, Democrat Elizabeth Warren, introduced legislation in April that would require gay couples to be treated equally under state law and would require that same-day adoptions be performed by a licensed provider, such as a medical provider, rather than a private one.
Other states have also passed legislation.
New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and a number of other Democrats are among those who are supporting the legislation.
New York Mayor Bill De Blasio, center, speaks at a news conference on the proposed law at City Hall in New York, Tuesday, July 23, 2020.
(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) A handful of state lawmakers have said they will oppose the bill.
New Jersey’s Democratic-led Assembly passed a similar bill last month, but Senate Republicans have rejected it, saying they would need to hear more from business groups before deciding whether to override Gov.
Chris Christie’s veto.
Delegates in both houses of the Legislature are expected to vote on the bill Wednesday.
DeBlasio said he wants to move forward with the legislation “as soon as possible,” and he noted that the state is the nation’s third-largest city with a population of more than 5 million.
“Our community is strong, and we know that the law is important to our future,” he said.
De Blasio, a Democrat, was a presidential candidate in 2016 and has said he has no plans to resign his position.
His office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The city is also considering bills that would create a registry of landlords who refuse to rent to same-gender couples, and that would prohibit cities from passing zoning laws that prohibit discrimination on sexual orientation and gender identity.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is considering legislation that would allow transgender people to use public restrooms of their choice.
Landrieus also is considering bills to bar employers from discriminating on the grounds of sexual preference.
In New York state, some of the city’s largest employers are among the largest employers in the country, with most of them providing health care and other services.
The state’s largest public pension system is also one of the biggest employers.