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Cuomo signs order banning state agencies from working with companies that discriminate

Governor Cuomo also announced that any school that refuses to protect transgender students will not receive state funding. (Photo: MGN)

(WHAM) - Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that he has signed an Executive Order that bans all state agencies and authorities from doing business with companies that promote or tolerate discrimination.

Cuomo also announced that he will be advancing legislation that will ban the use of "Gay Panic" as an accepted legal defense for violent actions.

He made the announcements at the 17th Annual Human Rights Gala in New York City.

"New York will fight every action this federal administration takes that attempts to undo progress we have made," Governor Cuomo said. "With this executive order, New York reaffirms our commitment to protecting the rights of everyone."

A press release from Governor Cuomo's office references multiple actions taken by the federal administration, including banning transgender people from serving in the U.S. Military and removing the LGBTQ community from the National Survey of Older Americans.

Governor Cuomo also announced that any school that refuses to protect transgender students will not receive state funding.

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