Senator Peralta was a key vote in the passage of the New York State same-sex marriage law despite the opposition from most Republicans and some Democrats. The bill had previously failed under a Democratic majority. Moreover, Senator Peralta's fight for gender equality includes tougher penalties on human trafficking, banning the Chica Cards, the baseball-like cards that pimps distribute along Roosevelt Avenue to promote prostitution and pushing to regulate massage parlors to combat prostitution. Certainly, when it comes to protecting equal rights, Senator Peralta is no novice, a long time advocate for the protection of women’s rights as well as the LGBTQ community. He is a co-sponsor of the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), has allocated funds to organizations such as APICHA, which provides services to gay senior. In addition, he secured a state allocation for HER Justice, which provides legal services for women.