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This is a list of notable events in the history of LGBT rights that took place in the year 2008.

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January Edit

February Edit

  • 4 — Domestic partnerships begin in U.S. state of Oregon, after a court decides the it does not conflict with the state constitution, which forbids same-sex marriage.

March Edit

  • 1 — Both Nicaragua and Panama legalize homosexuality, with an equal age of consent, under a new penal code coming into effect.
  • 12 — U.S. state of Washington expands its domestic partner legislation to give over 150 additional rights of marriage to same-sex couples.
  • 14 — A bill to allow registered partnerships passes in the Australian state of Victoria by a vote of 58–21. The act becomes effective December 1.

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August Edit

  • 19 — Argentina approves the first nationwide gay rights measure, extending to same-sex couples the right to claim their deceased partners' pensions.
  • 21 — The Coquille Indian Tribe in Oregon legalizes same-sex marriage. The state of Oregon does not recognize same-sex marriage but as a tribe recognized as a sovereign nation by the United States government the Coquille people are not bound by the state constitution.[9][10]

September Edit

  • 30 — Ecuador legalizes same-sex civil unions with the passage of its new constitution.

October Edit

  • 10 — Connecticut overturns a state ban on same-sex marriage and becomes the third U.S. state to legalize marriage for same-sex couples, following Massachusetts and California.

November Edit

  • 4
    • California voters ban same-sex marriage with Proposition 8, becoming the first U.S. state to do so after marriages had been legalized for same-sex couples. The amendment to California's constitution passed by a margin of 52% to 47% and overturned the state supreme court's ruling in May in favor of same-sex marriage.
    • Arkansas voters pass Act 1, which effectively bans adoption by same-sex couples, by a margin of 54% to 41%.[11]
    • Arizona and Florida voters pass constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage.
  • 5 — Strauss v. Horton, a legal challenge to Proposition 8, is filed.
  • 20 — The Supreme Court of California agrees to hear arguments for a possible overturn of Proposition 8.
  • 24 — A lower court in the U.S. state of Florida declares that the state's ban on adoption by gay couples is unconstitutional.[12]
  • 26 — In Geldenhuys v National Director of Public Prosecutions the Constitutional Court of South Africa rules that an inequality between the ages of consent for heterosexual and homosexual intercourse is unconstitutional. Parliament equalised the age of consent by statute in 2007, but the court's ruling had retroactive effect, applying from the adoption of the Interim Constitution in 1994.[13]

December Edit

  • 15 — The Constitutional Court of Hungary declares a previously passed registered partnership law—which would be available to both opposite-sex and same-sex couples—unconstitutional, on grounds that it duplicated the institution of marriage for opposite-sex couples. The court ruled that a registered partnership law that only included same-sex couples would be constitutional, and opined that the legislature had a duty to introduce such a law. Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány instructed the Minister of Justice to prepare a new bill that would conform to the Court's decision.
  • 23 — The Hungarian government announces that it will propose a new registered partnership law in line with the Constitutional Court's decision, to be presented to the parliament as early as February 2009.
  • 30 — The ACLU sues the state of Arkansas, arguing that the state ban of same-sex adoptions is unconstitutional.

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