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Start of the gay rights movement

June 28, 1969

First gay pride parades

June 27, 1970 - June 28, 1970

Homosexuality no longer classified as a mental disorder

1973

The AIDS crisis

1981

Rep. Barney Frank becomes the first openly gay member of Congress

May 30, 1987

'Don't ask, don't tell'

1993

Congress bars federal recognition of same-sex marriage (DOMA)

1996

First state to allow same-sex civil unions

2000

Hate Crimes Prevention Act

October 28, 2009

First sitting president to support same-sex marriage

May 9, 2012

In a first, gay marriage wins at the ballot box

Nov. 4, 2012

U.S. Supreme Court strikes down DOMA, allows same-sex marriage to resume in Cali

June 26, 2013