Gay marriage: Prominent gay and bisexual people from the Hudson Valley
With the U.S. Supreme Court taking on two cases this week involving same-sex marriage, here is a look at the local celebrities, politicians and other notable figures who have identified as gay or bisexual.
William Hanauer: The Ossining mayor (right) married his longtime partner Dr. Alan Stahl in 2012. Hanauer is Westchester County's only openly gay mayor.
Victor Garber: The actor, who has called Highland Mills home, is in a long-term relationship with artist Rainer Andreesen.
Jeffrey Jew: The chef, who is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, was open about his sexuality while competing on the 10th season of Bravo's "Top Chef."
U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney: In 2012, Maloney became the first openly gay candidate elected to represent New York in Congress. The congressman represents New York's 18th District, which includes Putnam and Orange counties, parts of Westchester County and the southwest corner of Dutchess County.
Kevin Meaney: The comedian, who has called Tarrytown home, came out during an interview on XM Radio's "Stand Up Sit Down" in May 2008.
Rosie O'Donnell: The Nyack-based comedian is married to Michelle Rounds (pictured), and the couple adopted a baby girl named Dakota in January 2013. O'Donnell also has four other children: Parker Jaren, 17, whom she adopted in 1995; Chelsea Belle, 15, adopted in 1997; Blake Christopher, 13, adopted with former partner Kelli Carpenter in 1999; and Vivienne Rose, 10, born to Carpenter through artificial insemination.
Fred Schneider: The lead singer of The B-52s, a former Mahopac resident, told Metro Weekly in 2012 that he has been with his partner "since the Stone Age."
Rufus Wainwright: The musician, a Rhinebeck native who once attended Millbrook School in Dutchess County, married his longtime partner, Jorn Weisbrodt, in August 2012.