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.”
House Representatives approved a bill ensuring equal rights in the workplace for gay men, lesbians, and bisexuals.
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
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 voters approved the ban on same-sex marriages called Proposition 8