30 Years in LGBTQ History


Lawrence v. Texas


The U.S. Supreme Court rules in Lawrence v. Texas that sodomy laws in the U.S. are unconstitutional. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote, “Liberty presumes an autonomy of self that includes freedom of thought, belief, expression, and certain intimate conduct.”

Same-Sex Marriages become Legal in Massachusetts.

May 17, 2004

Civil Unions Legal in Connecticut

October 2005

Civil Unions become legal in New Jersey

December 2006

Equal Rights in the Work Place

November 2007

House Representatives approved a bill ensuring equal rights in the workplace for gay men, lesbians, and bisexuals.

Oregon allows for Domestic Partners

February 2008

The state of Oregon passes a law that allows same-sex couples to register as domestic partners allowing them some spousal rights of married couples

Recognition of Marriages Performed in other States

February 2008

New York State appeals court unanimously votes that valid same-sex marriages performed in other states must be recognized by employers in New York, granting same-sex couples the same rights as other couples

California and PROP 8

November 4, 2008

California voters approved the ban on same-sex marriages called Proposition 8