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  • April 1
    • Same-sex marriage in the Netherlands:
      • Dutch legislation to allow same-sex couples to marry becomes active. The Netherlands are the first country to grant full marriage rights to same-sex couples.
  • April 16
    • Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg steps down from an advisory board of the Boy Scouts of America, saying that he could no longer associate with a group that engages in "discrimination" - an apparent reference to scouting's exclusion of gays.
  • April 17
    • Philadelphia radio personality "Ed The Phone Guy" becomes the first local disc jockey to reveal his homosexuality on the air at WLCE, ALICE 104.5 FM
  • April 20
    • China declares homosexuality no longer an illness. The new Chinese Classification and Diagnostic Criteria of Mental Disorders removed homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses.

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  • August 1
    • Germany: Civil Union Bill goes into effect.


  • September 5 - The first couples sign the Greater London Authority's partnership register. The partnership register is a way of recognising the partnership status of couples, both same-sex and opposite-sex.




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