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Obscure, slight expansion of gay rights

In a little noticed move, the Cuomo administration has adopted a new regulation that would expand civil rights to gays and lesbians, if in a limited way.

The state Department of Corrections, which runs prisons, has altered a regulation that allows terminally ill inmates to visit family members. The regulations, recently published this week in the New York State Register, states that, going forward, “the term ‘spouse’ includes a person who is the same sex as the inmate, if the same-sex marriage was performed in New York State or if a same-sex marriage or civil union was performed in any other jurisdiction that authorizes such marriage or union.”

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, of course, led the drive last year to New York’s legalization of same-sex marriages.

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