Tipping Points in Morality- 1) Abortion 2) Homosexuality 3) Religion

17th century to 19th century

1920s to 1960s

  • 1920– Lenin legalized all abortions in the Soviet Union.[92]
  • 1931– Mexico as first country in the world legalized abortion in case of rape.[93]
  • 1935– Iceland became the first Western country to legalize therapeutic abortion under limited circumstances.[95]
  • 1935– Nazi Germany amended laws to promote abortion for women who have hereditary disorders.[96]
  • 1938– In Britain, first and then The legal precedent of allowing abortion in order to avoid mental or physical damage was picked up by the Commonwealth of Nations.
  • 1948– The Eugenic Protection Act in Japan expanded the circumstances in which abortion is allowed.[103]
  • 1959– The American Law Institute drafts a model state abortion law to make legal abortions accessible.[88]
  • 1961– California state legislature introduces an abortion reform law based on the American Law Institute model.[88]
  • 1966– Mississippi reformed its abortion law and became the first U.S. state to allow abortion in cases of rape.
  • 1967– The Abortion Act 1967  legalized abortion in the United Kingdom
  • 1967–1970– Colorado  first state to loosen its abortion laws followed by Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oregon, South Carolina, and Virginia.[88]
  • 1968–  Lyndon Johnson’s Committee  releases a report calling for a repeal of all abortion laws.[88]
  • 1969– Senator Robert Packwood of Oregon introduces legislation to legalize abortion in Washington D.C.; [88]
  • 1969– Canada passed law which began to allow abortion for selective reasons.
  • 1969– Defined for the first time which abortions are lawful in Australia.

1970s to present

  • 1970–1970– Hawaii, New York, Alaska, Washington and Florida repealed their abortion laws and allowed abortion on demand; South Carolina and Virginia reformed their abortion laws based on the Model Penal Code.
  • 1971– The Indian Parliament under the Prime Ministership of a lady Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, passes Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act 1971
  • 1973– The U.S. Supreme Court, in Roe v. Wade, declared all the individual state bans on abortion during the first trimester to be unconstitutional,
  • 1973–1980– France (1975), West Germany (1976), New Zealand (1977), Italy (1978), and the Netherlands (1980) legalized abortion in limited circumstances (France : no elective -for non-medical reasons- abortion allowed after 10–12 weeks gestation)
  • 1979– The People’s Republic of China enacted a one-child policy, leaving some women to either undergo an abortion or violate the policy and face economic penalties in some circumstances.
  • 1983– Ireland, by popular referendum, added an amendment to its Constitution recognizing “the right to life of the unborn.” Abortion is still illegal in Ireland,
  • 1988– France legalized the “abortion pill”
  • 1993– Poland banned abortion, except in cases of rapeincest, severe congenital disorders,
  • 1998– Republic of South Africa the abortion question legal in terms of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.[105]
  • 2000– Mifepristone (RU-486) approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
  • 2007– The Parliament of Portugal voted to legalize abortion during the first ten weeks of pregnancy.
  • 2007– The government of Mexico City legalizes abortion during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, and offers free abortions.
  • 2008– The Australian state of Victoria passes a bill which decriminalizes abortion,
  • 2009– In Spain a bill decriminalizes abortion, making it legally accessible to women in the first 14 weeks.


  • July 24: Gender-neutral marriage laws become effective in New York state.
  • July 13: The States of Jersey passed a Civil Partnership Bill 2011 by a unanimous vote of 33-0,
  • July 1: Rhode Island civil union law became effective, Independent Governor Lincoln Chafee signed the bill into law a day later but was made retroactive from July 1, 2011.
  • June 29: Rhode Island Senate approves by a vote of 21-16 the same-sex civil unions bill[1].
  • June 24: New York state passes same-sex marriage 33-29 in the State Senate.
  • June 19 : The registered partnership law was approved by 68.8 percent of voters in Liechtenstein.[1]
  • June 14 : French parliament rejects same-sex marriage bill presented by the opposition Socialist Party seeking to legalize same-sex marriage by 293 votes to 222.
  • June 1 : Illinois civil unions law take effect.
  • May 20: The civil union bill passed the Rhode Island House by a vote of 62-11,
  • May 12: Gov. Jack Markell signed Delaware’s civil unions bill into law, which will take effect on January 1, 2012.
  • May 5: The Brazilian Supreme Court approved civil unions for same-sex couples in Brazil unanimously –
  • April 14: Delaware House of Representatives gave final approval to a civil unions bill
  • April 08: The Delaware State Senate passes a bill legalizing civil unions by a vote of 13-6.[3].
  • April 06: Isle of Man civil partnership takes effect.
  • March 30: Washington state now recognizes out-of-state same-sex marriages as domestic partnerships[4].
  • March 24: The Colorado State Senate passes a bill legalizing civil unions by a vote of 23-12[5]. The bill died in the Committee stage in the lower house
  • March 16: Parliament in Liechtenstein unanimously passed the bill legalizing registered partnerships  It will take effect on September 1, 2011.[4]
  • March 15: The Isle of Man introduces civil partnership.
  • February 25: Maryland State Senate passed legislation to allow same-sex marriage. A vote in the House was postponed until 2012.
  • February 23: Hawaii Governor signs the bill legalizing civil unions,
  • February 23: Obama administration drops defence of DOMA.[6]
  • February 7: First same-sex civil partnership under Irish Law takes place in Dublin.[7]
  • January 31: Illinois Governor signs civil union law.
  • January 28: The Hawaii Senate passed a proposed civil union law by a vote of 19-9.[9]
  • January 10: The top court of the province of Saskatchewan in Canada rules that marriage commissioners cannot refuse to wed same-sex couples on religious grounds.[10]
  • January 1: The Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act, 2010 takes effect in Ireland.[11] In addition certain foreign same sex relationships are recognized as civil partnerships in Ireland since January 13.



  • December 29: Mexico City‘s signs same-sex marriage bill into law.[31]
  • December 28: The first same-sex marriage in Argentina and Latin America is conducted in Ushuaia,
  • December 21: Mexico City‘s Legislative Assembly legalizes same-sex marriage and adoption by same-sex couples.
  • December 18: The District of Columbia legalizes same-sex marriage . This made DC the eighth jurisdiction in the United States to legalize same-sex marriage.
  • December 15: The District of Columbia passes the same sex marriage performance law
  • December 3: Washington state “all-but-marriage” law becomes effective after 54 percent approval by voters in that state on November 3.
  • December 2: The New York State Senate rejects same-sex marriage legislation by a vote of 24 to 38.[36]
  • December 1: The District of Columbia passes the same sex marriage performance law in the “first reading”

  • November 13: A court in Buenos Aires, Argentina rules that a gay couple should be issued a marriage license.
  • November 4: Ballot measure in Maine overturns same-sex marriage[38] while Ballot measure in Washington upholds “everything-but-marriage.”[39]
  • November 3: Washington “everything-but-marriage” law passes by ballot held this day. Both Washington “everything-but-marriage” law and Maine same-sex marriage had ballots.
  • October 22: Swedish Lutheran Church approves same sex marriage to commence on November 1.
  • October 1: Domestic partnership law become effective in Nevada.
  • September 28: Oregon fixed up the domestic partnership legislation to include surnames.
  • September 1: Same-sex marriage became legal in Vermont.
  • August 21: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America approves blessing of same-sex relationships.
  • August 3: Domestic partnerships  became legal in Wisconsin.
  • July 6: The District of Columbia recognizes same-sex marriage, but cannot be performed in DC itself, the same as with New York.
  • July 1: Registered partnerships become legal in HungaryAustralia recognizes unregistered cohabitation. Colorado recognizes designated beneficiary agreements.[40] (similar to the U.S. state ofHawaii).
  • June 3: New Hampshire legalizes same-sex marriage.[41]
  • May 31: Nevada approves domestic partnerships
  • May 26: California Supreme Court upholds Proposition 8, constitutionally defining marriage between a man and a woman, but rules that previously officiated same-sex marriages shall remain valid.
  • May 18: Washington state Governor Chris Gregoire signs the “everything-but-marriage” bill into law,[42][43] but may face a challenge with Referendum 71 being filed.
  • May 6: Maine legalizes same-sex marriage.
  • May 1: Same-sex marriage becomes legal in Sweden.
  • April 27: Same-sex marriage becomes legal in Iowa following the Iowa Supreme Court decision.
  • April 20: Hungarian Parliament approves registered partnership bill.
  • April 16: Gov. David A. Paterson unveils same-sex marriage bill for New York.[44]
  • April 7: Vermont legalizes same-sex marriage.
  • April 3: Iowa legalizes same-sex marriage after its Supreme Court unanimously struck down a provision limiting marriage to one man and one woman.[45]
  • April 1: Sweden legalizes same-sex marriage.
  • March 27: Japan approves its nationals to marry same-sex foreign partners in countries where same-sex marriage is legal.[46]
  • January 28: The Constitutional Court of Colombia ruled that same-sex couples are entitled to the same rights as opposite-sex couples in common-law marriages.
  • January 1: Same-sex marriage becomes legal in Norway.



  • On November 29, the first foreign same-sex wedding is held in HanoiVietnam
  • September 18: Maryland Court of Appeals upholds state law banning same-sex marriage,
  • August 30: Iowa’s Defense of Marriage Act was struck down as unconstitutional as a result of a legal challenge. The state has announced plans to appeal, but couples began applying for marriage licenses immediately in anticipation of an injunction. About 20 couples obtained marriage licenses and one couple married before the judge issued a stay of his ruling pending appeal.[49]
  • June 23: In Colombia A landmark gay rights bill was derailed at the last minute by a bloc of conservative senators, but supporters vowed to revive the legislation. The bill, which had been endorsed by conservative President Álvaro Uribe, would have made Colombia the first nation in Latin America to grant same-sex couples in long-term relationships the same rights to health insurance, inheritance and social security as heterosexual couples. Although states and cities have passed laws allowing same-sex couples to share assets, no other country in the overwhelmingly Roman Catholic region has done so at a national level. Colombia’s Constitutional Court recognized similar rights to shared property and inheritance in February, but the decision did not mention health insurance or social security.
  • May 31: The state of New Hampshire legalizes civil unions, to take effect on January 1, 2008.
  • May 9: The state of Oregon legalizes domestic partnerships.
  • April 21: The state of Washington legalizes domestic partnerships. .
  • January 12: The Mexican state of Coahuila legalizes civil unions.
  • January 1: In Switzerland a registered partnership law takes effect.



This is the first state constitutional provision banning same-sex marriage to be ruled unconstitutional.

  • April 21: Same-sex marriage bill passed by Spain’s lower house of parliament.
  • April 7: United States: The Connecticut State Senate passes legislation that legalizes same-sex civil unions. 
  • April 7: United States: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg orders city agencies to recognize legal same-sex marriages from other states and countries.
  • March 14: United States:  California‘s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
  • February 22: United Kingdom: The British government announces December 5, 2005 as the implementation date for the Civil Partnership Act.
  • February 1: Canada: Bill C-38, which would extend civil marriage rights to same-sex couples across all of Canada,
  • January 27: Sweden: The Swedish government announces the launching of a report into whether same-sex marriage should be legalized.
  • January 19: United States: The Louisiana Supreme Court reinstated the anti-gay marriage amendment that had been struck by a District Judge in October, 2004.[54]


  • Luxembourg passes a law of civil unions and takes effect.
  • December 9: Canada: Canadian Supreme Court states that a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Canada would be constitutional. Prime Minister Paul Martin says his government will introduce same-sex marriage legislation in January.
  • December 8: Israel: The Israeli government indicates that it will recognize same-sex partnerships for certain benefits,
  • December 8: New Zealand: Parliament passes civil union legislation .
  • November 30: South Africa: A South African court rules that the common law concept of marriage to include same-sex couples.
  • November 26: Canada: In one of Canada’s largest class-action lawsuits,  same-sex partners are entitled to Canada Pension Plan survivors’ benefits.
  • November 17: United Kingdom: The British House of Lords passes the Civil Partnership Act to allow same-sex couples to obtain civil partnerships.
  • November 9: Ireland: An Irish High Court judge rules that a lesbian couple who married in Canada may proceed with their case seeking to have their marriage recognized for the purposes of Irish tax law.
  • November 5: Canada: A judge in Saskatchewan rules that same-sex couples must enjoy the right to equal marriage
  • November 3: United States Results of November 2 vote confirms that state constitutional amendments prohibiting same-sex marriage are passed in eleven states: ArkansasGeorgiaKentucky,MichiganMississippiMontanaNorth DakotaOklahomaOhioOregon, and Utah. The measures in Oregon, Mississippi, and Montana bar same-sex marriage only; those in the other states bar civil unions and domestic partnerships as well; and Michigan bars granting any benefits whatsoever to same-sex couples.
  • September 18: United States: Louisiana voters ratified a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as only between a man and a woman.[55]
  • August 13 : Australia bans same-sex marriage
  • May 17: United States: Massachusetts – first legal same-sex marriages in the U.S. performed.
  • March 9: Terence Reidy, the City Manager of Asbury Park, New Jersey issues 10 marriage licenses to same-sex couples and Asbury Park deputy mayor James Bruno marries one couple beforeNew Jersey Attorney General Peter C. Harvey announces the following day that he will pursue charges against city officials for these actions.[57]
  • February 27: New Paltz, New York mayor Jason West marries 25 same-sex couples in a public ceremony. He is later served with multiple misdemeanor charges.
  • February 20: In New Mexico,  issues marriage licenses to more than 60 same-sex couples until stopped by the state attorney general later that day, declaring them invalid; A district court later issued an injunction prohibiting Dunlap from issuing licenses to same-sex couples.
  • February 12: United States, CaliforniaSan Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom issues the first same-sex marriage certificates in the U.S., purely as an exercise of executive power. These certificates were later nullified by the California Supreme Court.
  • February 6 : A new circular by Belgian Minister of Justice Laurette Onkelinx allows all binational same-sex marriages. To get married, whatever the sex, one of future spouses must be either Belgian or a registered resident, that means more than 3 months legal stay in Belgium. This prevents matrimonial tourism.
  • February 4: The Massachusetts Supreme Court issues a clarification of its ruling in Goodridge saying that civil unions are not a sufficient alternative to full marriage rights for same-sex couples.2004
  • 2003
  • July 14: Croatia: Same-sex union law accepted by Croatian parliament Sabor. It grants same-sex partners who have cohabited for at least 3 years the same rights as enjoyed by unmarried cohabiting opposite sex partners; only inheritance and financial support.[58] Croatia was one of the first former socialist states that recognized same sex couples, after Hungary.
  • June 17: Canada: The Canadian government announces that it will not appeal the Ontario appeals court ruling that permitted same-sex marriage. Instead, Prime Minister Jean Chrétien indicates that his government will introduce legislation to change the definition of marriage.
  • June 10: Canada: The Court of Appeal for Ontario rules that the law restricting marriage to heterosexual couples contravenes the equality provisions in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Thus, Ontario has become the first jurisdiction in North America to recognize same-sex marriages. .
  • June 1: Belgium: The law permitting same-sex civil marriage comes into force.
  • May 1: Canada: The British Columbia Court of Appeal becomes the first provincial court of appeal to rule that the Canadian government must legally recognize same-sex marriage.
  • February 13: Belgium: King Albert II signs the bill extending civil marriage to same-sex couples into law.


  • December 13: Argentina: The City Legislature of Buenos Aires passes to provide a same-sex civil union registry.
  • November 28: Belgium: The Senate approves legislation extending civil marriage to same-sex couples
  • July 12: Canada: Ontario Superior Court of Justice rules that January 14, 2001 marriages are legal,
  • June 5: Sweden: allowing same-sex couples to apply for adoption.
  • March 26, 2003–Decided June 26, 2003: Texas Supreme Court Lawrence v. Texas. Responding to a reported weapons disturbance in a private residence, Houston police entered petitioner Lawrence’s apartment and saw him and another adult man, petitioner Garner, engaging in a private, consensual sexual act. Petitioners were arrested and convicted of deviate sexual intercourse in violation of a Texas statute forbidding two persons of the same sex to engage in certain intimate sexual conduct. In affirming, the State Court of Appeals held, inter alia, that the statute was not unconstitutional under the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
  • 2001
  • September 28: Finland: The Eduskunta (Parliament of Finland) passes a law on the “registered partnership”,
  • August 1: Germany legally allows life partnerships for same-sex couples.
  • April 1: Netherlands: Laws that permit marriage for same-sex couples and grant same-sex couples adoption rights come into effect.
  • March 15: Portugal: The existing União de Facto law  is changed to include same-sex partners. Child adoption is only allowed for opposite-sex partners.
  • January 14: Canada: Two same-sex marriages were performed in Ontariothe first legal same-sex marriages in modern times.[62]


  • December 21: NetherlandsQueen Beatrix signs the marriage bill into law.
  • July 1: Vermont becomes the first place in the world to recognise the rights of same sex couples  invented the term “civil union”.
  • January 1: Belgium: Legislation allowing for “registered partnership” comes into effect.


  1. creates a relationship register for both gay and straight couples
  2. redefines the non-registered partnership as the stable union between two adults regardless of their gender


  • November 3: Hawaii voters, by a 69–31% margin, vote to amend the state’s constitution to give the legislature sole jurisdiction over marriage laws and to prohibit intervention by state courts.
  • January 1 – Netherlands – “registered partnership” legalized.



  • January 1: 45 out of the 50 states in the US define a marriage under statute as being between a man and a woman.1994


  • May 18: United States, MinnesotaJack Baker and James Michael McConnell applied for a marriage license in Hennepin County, Minnesota. The license was denied, and this denial was appealed all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which refused to hear the case. See the court opinion in Baker v. Nelson.
  • Until 1973, there was no definition of marriage in any statute in any US state, but at common law, marriage was held to be between a man and a woman and therefore same-sex marriage was effectively banned.

Comment by Adamantine:

1)The tipping point towards abortion was 1967-1973

2) The tipping point towards homosexual marriage was 2000-to the present.

In polite society of the US it is now incorrect to speak about abortion or homosexuality. They are now taboo topics which have been placed outside the realm of public discussion. Prior to 1970 abortion and homosexuality were simply understood to be wrong.

I view it as part of the changes which define the days of Noah and would comment that these changes are occurring at the same time that all of the more specific markers for end time events are being fulfilled.

3) The next tipping point emerging seems to be placing religion into a category whereby it is impolite to speak of the claims of a religion especially of the unique claims of Christ. I am unsure of what the best tracking events might be for this trend but it is occurring more and more as politicians blur the borders between various religions by claiming to be of one religion but honoring other religious traditions.

One nodal point was Bill Clinton celebrating Ramadan in the State Department in 1999.


2 thoughts on “Tipping Points in Morality- 1) Abortion 2) Homosexuality 3) Religion

  1. would correct that to say, the church for the most part agrees with the world on these issues, therefore the apostasy is rampant


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