ALBANY, N.Y. — When her life as a social worker in New York changed in the late 1990s, Madison’s life changed.
She was in a committed relationship with a woman and wanted to get out of it.
So, in 1997, she moved to Minnesota.
But she didn’t know anyone in Minnesota who was gay.
She started to meet people in her hometown and eventually met the man she was dating.
He was a lesbian.
“I thought, this is really great,” Madison said.
“It was really strange.
I never knew this existed.”
The man was Madison and they had been together since 1993.
They had two children together.
“That’s when I found out,” Madisons said.
She met the other woman at a party and was introduced to the man.
She knew he was gay and was still in a relationship with another man.
But she knew he didn’t have a partner and wanted him to be with her.
“He said, ‘You’re my best friend, I love you,’ ” Madison recalled.
“And that’s when it hit me, this was it.”
She went to see a psychologist, who diagnosed her as lesbian.
She also went to the state of Minnesota and found out she was bisexual.
“The last time I felt this way, I was on the verge of death,” Madion said.
When Madison moved to New York City, the only thing that was left to her was her job.
She found another job in the community, but she wasn’t happy about it.
“There’s no other way,” she said.
The state of New York doesn’t have laws that explicitly ban discrimination against people based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
The New York Civil Liberties Union sued the state, arguing that discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the workplace is illegal.
The lawsuit argued that the state’s anti-discrimination law is unconstitutional.
In December 2016, a federal judge ruled against the state.
It said the state doesn’t violate the Constitution when it bans discrimination based on gender identity.
But in April 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the law in a case called Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2015.
The decision overturned a lower court decision that said the law wasn’t unconstitutional.
The court ruled that discrimination based solely on sexual identity is a protected class under the federal law.
The court said the laws were “designed to protect lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender and questioning individuals from harassment, bullying and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.”
“We are very pleased the court agreed,” said Mary Jo White, a spokeswoman for the New York State Attorney General’s office.
“We look forward to defending these laws and protecting all New Yorkers who live in our state.”
The ruling overturned a decision from the state that had also ruled that the law was constitutional.
The law, which the state had used to protect women who worked in public places and children in school, was struck down by the Supreme Court in a decision that opened the door for a new case that could be brought against the law.
The gay-rights organization Lambda Legal said the decision was a victory for New Yorkers.
“This is a landmark decision that recognizes New Yorkers’ right to be protected by state and federal law from discrimination based upon sexual orientation,” Lambda Executive Director Jeff Rosenblum said in a statement.
“This is the first time a court has ruled on the constitutionality of New Yorkers anti-bullying law, and we applaud the New Yorkers for making this important decision.”
Lambda Legal also noted that other states are using similar laws to protect transgender people.
In April, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled in favor of a transgender student who had been forced to use the restroom that corresponded with the gender on his birth certificate.
The EEOC ruled that gender identity discrimination is illegal in the United States, but the Obama administration’s guidance that states follow will not apply to them.
The EEOC case against California has been appealed to the U-S Supreme Court.
In July, the Department of Education ruled that transgender students can use restrooms consistent with their gender identity, but they can’t use locker rooms, showers or other facilities that correspond with their birth sex.
The decision also applies to transgender students who attend public schools, including those who live on school property.