06/04/2012 02:18 pm ET Updated Aug 04, 2012

Thomas Duane, New York State Senator And Gay Rights Champion, Announces Retirement

State Senator Thomas K. Duane, who first burst onto the political scene two decades ago, when he disclosed during a successful bid for City Council that he was H.I.V. positive, and later made his mark as the first openly gay member of the Senate, has decided not to seek re-election.

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