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EventsEdit

  • Homosexuality is decriminalized in Bosnia and Herzegovina, although Republika Srpska didn't remove homosexuality from its criminal code until 1998.

MarchEdit

  • March 26 — Kevin M. McCarthy becomes the first openly-gay man in the U.S. to become a judge by standing for election to the San Francisco Superior Court.

MayEdit

  • May 8 — South Africa becomes the first nation in the world to explicitly prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation in its constitution.
  • May 20 — The Supreme Court of the United States rules 6–3 that Colorado's Amendment 2 is unconstitutional.
  • May 21 — Hungary legalizes same-sex unions, first among the ex-communist countries, and as 5th country worldwide. The Parliament voted 207–73 in favor for the bill.

SeptemberEdit

  • September 10 — The United States Senate passes the Defense of Marriage Act (85–14) and rejects prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation in the private sector (49–50).
  • September 15 — The European Parliament calls for an end to anti-gay discrimination.
  • September 21 — U.S. president Bill Clinton signs the Defense of Marriage Act into law.

BirthsEdit

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DeathsEdit

  • November 18 — Evelyn Hooker, whose research helped lead to declassifying homosexuality as a mental illness.

See alsoEdit

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