This is a list of notable events in the history of LGBT rights that took place in the year 2013.

Events Edit

January Edit

  • 1 - Same-sex marriage becomes legal in the U.S. state of Maryland.[1]

February Edit

  • 19:
    • In Austria, step-child adoption (of one's partner's biological child) becomes legal after ECtHR rules in favour of a lesbian couple.[3]
    • In Germany, successive adoption becomes legal after the Constitutional Court rules in favor of a lesbian couple. Previously, only the adoption of the biological child of one's partner was allowed.[4]

April Edit

  • 29 - NBA free agent Jason Collins becomes the first active male professional athlete in North America to acknowledge his homosexuality in an article written for Sports Illustrated.[6]

May Edit

  • 14 - Brazil legalizes same-sex marriage after the Federal Court ruled that the government was not allowed to discriminate against gay people in the provision of marriage licenses.[8]

June Edit

  • 19 - Exodus International, an organization devoted to the "re-orientation" of homosexual desires, shuts down.[11]
  • 25 - The Russian Parliament approves a ban on "gay propaganda" in two bills. The bill would impose jail terms for those who are deemed to be promoting homosexual "propaganda" to minors and for those who offend religious believers. At the same time, proponents staged a "kissing protests" while opponents attacked them.[12]
  • 26 - The Supreme Court of the United States ruled Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional in United States v. Windsor, requiring federal recognition of same-sex marriages performed in states. The also court dismisses an appeal in Hollingsworth v. Perry, effectively invalidating Proposition 8 and restoring same-sex marriage in California.
  • 28 - The granting of same-sex marriages resume in California.[13]
  • 30 - In Russia, President Vladimir Putin signs into law a bill banning "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations to minors" after it was unanimously passed by the State Duma.[14]

July Edit

  • 1 - Same-sex marriage becomes legal in the U.S. state of Delaware.[15]

August Edit

  • 5 - Same-sex marriage becomes legal in Uruguay[18] after it was passed on May 10 by the Chamber of Deputies of Uruguay with 71 affirmative votes out of 92 in its second reading,[19] making Uruguay the second country in Latin America, after Argentina, and twelfth overall, to legalize same-sex marriage. The law was previously passed by the Senate on April 2 by a 23–8 vote.[20]

September Edit

  • 4 - In the U.S. state of New Mexico, Los Alamos County begins issuing same-sex marriage licenses following an order by a state district court judge in Newton v. Stover.[27]
  • 9 - In the U.S. state of New Mexico, Grant County begins issuing same-sex marriage licenses following an order by a state district court judge in Katz v. Zamarripa.[28]

December Edit

  • - A trans woman was able to apply for the Tamil Nadu civil services exam after a court order allowed her to under a self-described gender choice category. Tamil Nadu is the first province of India to offer the option of gender choice instead of the ubiquitous "third gender".[29]
  • 4 - Xavier Bettel is appointed prime minister of Luxembourg, making him the third head of government in the world to be LGBT, after Iceland's Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir and Belgium's Elio Di Rupo, respectively. His deputy, Etienne Schneider, is also LGBT.[30]
  • 11 - The Supreme Court of India overrules the Delhi Court in re-establishing the primacy of section 377 of the Indian penal code that makes homosexual activity illegal.[31]
  • 12 - The Supreme Court of Australia overrules the Australian Capital Territory's law allowing same-sex marriage in contravention of the Marriage Act saying the federal parliament alone could set such laws. The ruling annuls weddings that have taken place already.[32]
  • 17 - The Parliament of Uganda approves the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which originally proposed the death penalty for homosexuality but now contains life in prison for "aggravated homosexuality."[33] The bill must be signed by the President of Uganda before becoming law.
  • 19 - The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the state must issue marriage licenses to couples without respect to gender.[34]
  • 20 - In Kitchen v. Herbert, U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby ruled that the Utah's ban on gay marriage violates the due process and equal protection under the 14th Amendment for gay and lesbian couples.[35]
  • 23 - In Obergefell v. Wymyslo, Federal Court Judge Timothy Black ruled that Ohio’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. However, his ruling only applies to death certificates.[36]

Deaths Edit

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. "Maryland Rings in New Year With Marriage Equality". 
  2. "Gay marriage: MPs back bill despite Conservative backbench opposition", BBC News, 5 February 2013. Retrieved on 5 March 2013. 
  3. Austria: Reform needed after European Court adoption victory for lesbian couple. Retrieved on 7 July 2013.
  4. German Court Strengthens Gay and Lesbian Adoption Rights. (19 February 2013). Retrieved on 7 July 2013.
  5. Advocate:France approves marriage equality bill
  6. NBA player announces he is gay. Retrieved on 7 July 2013.
  7. Moreno, Ivan. "Civil unions signed into law in Colorado", 21 March 2013. 
  8. Brazil judicial panel clears way for gay marriage. (14 May 2013). Archived from the original on 9 June 2013. Retrieved on 7 July 2013.
  9. "Nigerian parliament bans same-sex marriage",, 30 May 2013. Retrieved on 2 August 2013. 
  10. Raushenbush, Paul. "Rev. Guy Erwin: First Openly Gay Lutheran Bishop Elected To ELCA Southwest California Synod",, 31 May 2013. Retrieved on 7 July 2013. 
  11. Melissa Steffan. "Alan Chambers Apologizes to Gay Community, Exodus International to Shut Down", Christianity Today, 21 June 2013. Retrieved on 25 August 2014. 
  12. Russia legislators pass 'gay propaganda' ban. Al Jazeera English. Retrieved on 7 July 2013.
  13. "To cheers, same-sex marriages resume in California",, 28 June 2013. Retrieved on 2 August 2013. 
  15. Byrne, Tom. "Delaware becomes 11th state to approve same-sex marriage", 7 May 2013. Retrieved on 7 May 2013. 
  16. Klepper, David. "RI Now 10th State to Allow Gay Marriage", 2 May 2013. Retrieved on 6 May 2013. 
  17. Marriage equality in Minnesota: A gay-rights victory in the Midwest. Retrieved on 17 May 2013.
  21. NZ legalises same-sex marriage
  22. MPs vote to legalise same sex marriage
  23. Soular, Diana Alba. "Same-sex couples apply for marriage licenses in Doña Ana County", 21 August 2013. Retrieved on 18 October 2013. 
  24. Pearce, Matt. "Second New Mexico county now issuing same-sex marriage licenses", 23 August 2013. Retrieved on 18 October 2013. 
  25. Clausing, Jeri. "New Mexico Judge Declares Same-Sex Marriage Legal", Huffington Post, 26 August 2013. Retrieved on 18 October 2013. 
  26. 3 more NM counties to issue gay marriage licenses. KOAT. Retrieved on 18 October 2013.
  27. "Judge rules in favor of Los Alamos same-sex couplecense.html", 4 September 2013. Retrieved on 18 October 2013. 
  28. Gordon, Jefferey. Grant County to start issuing same-sex marriage licenses. KOB. Retrieved on 18 October 2013.
  29. Shanker, V Prem. "Indian transgender passes test before exam - Features - Al Jazeera English", AlJazeera, 11 December 2013. Retrieved on 11 December 2013. "A few days ago Swapna was allowed to sit for the provincial Tamil Nadu civil services exam – thanks to a court order which allowed her to choose a sex of her choice when applying for the exam, an unprecedented victory for transgenders who have routinely been subject to endless discrimination." 
  34. "Gay marriage ruled legal by New Mexico's high court", USA Today, 19 December 2013. 
  35. Johnson, Luke. "Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down In Utah", Huffington Post, 20 December 2013. 
  37. Garcia, Michelle. PFLAG Founder Jeanne Manford Dies at 92. Retrieved on 7 July 2013.

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