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  • January 1
    • United States:
      • California law AB 205, which extends many rights and responsibilities of marriage to registered domestic partners, goes into effect. The new law expands domestic partnership statutes to include most marriage rights available under state law. California domestic partnership is available to opposite-sex couples age 62 and older who meet certain Social Security qualifications, and to all same-sex couples age 18 and older without further qualification.
    • Germany Stepchild adoption and some more rights (but not taxes) for gay civil unions goes into effect




  • April 20
    • United States:
  • April 21
    • Spain:
    • United States:
      • Microsoft withdraws support for Washington bill H.B. 1515, "Expanding the jurisdiction of the human rights commission", at the pressuring of evangelical Ken Hutcherson. H.B. 1515 would have made it illegal to fire an employee based on sexual orientation. Hutcherson had threatened Microsoft with a nation-wide boycott.
  • April 22
    • United States:
      • Washington bill H.B. 1515 is defeated in the state senate by a single vote. Two Democrats join all 23 Republicans to defeat the bill. [1]
  • April 25
    • Canada:
      • Four gay couples in New Brunswick ask their Court of Appeal to redefine marriage to include same-sex unions.
  • April 26
    • New Zealand
      • Civil union legislation comes into effect. The first couples apply for licenses on the same day.



  • June 5
    • Switzerland
      • Fifty-eight percent of voters in Switzerland voted in favor of extending rights for registered civil unions for same-sex couples. This is the first time that the topic has been put to a national referendum. Same-sex couples will be treated in the same way as opposite-sex married couples in terms of pension and taxes. However, they will not be able to marry, to adopt children or undergo fertility treatment.(BBC News)
  • June 26
  • June 28
    • Canada:
      • The Canadian House of Commons passes Bill C-38, a proposed law to legalize same-sex marriage on a national basis, by a vote of 158-133.
  • June 30
    • Israel:
      • 5,000 attend and 1,000 protest Jerusalem's gay pride parade. The event is halted after anti-gay protesters stab three marchers. [3]
    • Spain:
    • United Kingdom:
    • United States:
      • LOGO, the first commercial-supported LGBT-themed television network, debuts on U.S. digital cable television in 10 million homes. It is owned and operated by MTV Networks.
      • Legislation is introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to ban discrimination based upon sexual orientation in hiring practices among the federal workforce.


  • July 1
  • July 2
    • United Kingdom:
      • 30,000 people attend London's gay pride parade, which was led by celebrity Bob Geldof.
      • Police officers from Hampshire and Dyfed-Powys are told by local municipal governments not to wear their police uniforms if they march in the London gay pride parade.
    • United States:
      • The United Church of Christ opens its convention in Atlanta. Among the issues to be decided is whether the church will accept and celebrate same-sex marriages among its congregation.
  • July 3
  • July 5
    • Uganda:
      • Uganda amends its constitution to prohibit same-sex marriage. [3]
  • July 19
  • July 20

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  • August 26
    • Fiji:
      • Fiji invalidates their sodomy law (only in private) by a court case based on the constitutional grounds prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.



  • October 22
    • United States:
      • The Kansas Supreme Court struck down a state law that punished underage sex more severely if it involved homosexual acts. [4]



  • December 5
    • United Kingdom: The Civil Partnerships Act 2004 came into effect, with hundreds of gay couples registering for civil partnerships. Britain is now one of many nations to offer same-sex couples legal recognition.
  • December 9
    • United States:
      • The First Department of the Appellate Division overrules an order from Judge Doris Ling-Cohan in February of 2005 to allow gay marriages in New York City. [5]
  • December 10
    • United States:
      • In Houston, Texas, businesswoman Sue Lovell wins an at-large vacancy on the Houston City Council, making her and Houston City Controller Annise Parker as the highly-elected gay or lesbian within the City of Houston.
  • December 28
    • Sweden:
      • The Church of Sweden, formerly the state church, decides to begin blessing same-sex couples in special ceremonies. While not a true marriage ceremony, it can supplement the existing registered partnerships which grant the same-rights as marriage (with the exception of the right to a church wedding). The Russian Orthodox Church has decided to freeze its relations with the Swedish Church in response to this decision. [6]

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  2. Gay Men and Lesbians in the U.S. Military: Estimates from Census 2000 (PDF document)

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