17th century to 19th century
- 1765– William Blackstone calling abortion “a very heinous misdemeanor”.
- 1803– United Kingdom enacts law 1803, making abortion after quickening a capital crime,
- 1821– Connecticut passes first statute that forbids using poison to induce miscarriages.
- 1842– The Shogunate in Japan bans induced abortion in Edo.
- 1861– The Parliament of the United Kingdom outlaws abortion.
- 1869– Pope Pius IX declared that abortion under any circumstance was gravely immoral
- 1869 Parliament of Canada unifies criminal law in all provinces, banning abortion.
- 1820–1900– Primarily through the efforts of physicians in the American Medical Association and legislators, most abortions in the U.S. were outlawed.
1920s to 1960s
- 1920– Lenin legalized all abortions in the Soviet Union.
- 1931– Mexico as first country in the world legalized abortion in case of rape.
- 1935– Iceland became the first Western country to legalize therapeutic abortion under limited circumstances.
- 1935– Nazi Germany amended laws to promote abortion for women who have hereditary disorders.
- 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.
- 1959– The American Law Institute drafts a model state abortion law to make legal abortions accessible.
- 1961– California state legislature introduces an abortion reform law based on the American Law Institute model.
- 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.
- 1968– Lyndon Johnson’s Committee releases a report calling for a repeal of all abortion laws.
- 1969– Senator Robert Packwood of Oregon introduces legislation to legalize abortion in Washington D.C.; 
- 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- 1970–1970– Hawaii, New York, Alaska, Washington and Florida repealed their abortion laws and allowed abortion on demand; South Carolina and Virginia reformed their abortion laws based on the Model Penal Code.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 rape, incest, severe congenital disorders,
- 1998– Republic of South Africa the abortion question legal in terms of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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..
- April 06: Isle of Man civil partnership takes effect.
- March 30: Washington state now recognizes out-of-state same-sex marriages as domestic partnerships.
- March 24: The Colorado State Senate passes a bill legalizing civil unions by a vote of 23-12. 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.
- 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.
- February 7: First same-sex civil partnership under Irish Law takes place in Dublin.
- 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.
- 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.
- January 1: The Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act, 2010 takes effect in Ireland. In addition certain foreign same sex relationships are recognized as civil partnerships in Ireland since January 13.
- December 23: The Commencement Order bringing into law the Civil Partnership Act, 2010 i
- December 14: Student Lesbian Couple Wed in Hanoi, Vietnam
- December 2: The Illinois Senate votes 34-24 to approve civil unions in the state.
- November 30: The Illinois House of Representatives votes 61-52 to approve civil unions in the state.
- August 16: The Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation of Mexico, in a 9–2 ruling, upholds law permitting same-sex couples entering into marriages to adopt children.
- August 10: The Supreme Court of Justice of Costa Rica issues a 5–2 ruling to halt a planned referendum on same-sex civil unions which had originally been scheduled for December 5.
- August 10: A district judge in the state of New Mexico rules that a lesbian couple that was issued a marriage license by Sandoval County Clerk Victoria Dunlap on February 20, 2004 and later married may seek a divorce under state law.
- August 10: The Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation of Mexico votes 9–2 to mandate that all 31 states in the nation of Mexico are required to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions, namely Mexico City.
- August 5: The Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation, the highest federal court in Mexico, votes 8–2 to uphold the constitutionality of Mexico City’s same-sex marriage law.
- August 4: U.S. District Court of Northern California declares that Proposition 8, a 2008 California-electorate ban on same-sex marriage, violates due process and equal protection clauses in the U.S. Constitution. Supporters of the proposition are likely to appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
- July 21: The President of Argentina Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner signs the same-sex marriage bill into law.
- July 19: The President of Ireland signs the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Bill into law. The law will take effect on 1 Jan 2011.
- July 15: The Argentine Senate passes by 33–27 the same-sex marriage bill, previously approved by the Chamber of Deputies in May. The bill now goes to the President for final approval.
- July 8: The Irish “Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Bill 2009” was passed by the Seanad by 48 to 4 votes.
- July 1: The Relationships Register Bill 2010 in New South Wales, Australia takes effect.
- July 1: The renamed Irish “Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Bill 2009” passes Report and Final Stages in the Dáil.
- June 27: Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, Icelandic prime-minister, became the world’s first head of government to enter a same-sex marriage.
- June 27: Same-sex marriage law in Iceland took effect.
- June 11: The Icelandic Althing unanimously passed a law by a vote of 49-0 legalizing same-sex marriage.
- June 5: Same-sex marriage law becomes effective in Portugal, five days after being published in the official journal Diário da Republica.
- May 27: The Irish Civil Partnership Bill passes the Committee Stage in the Dáil and moves on to the Report Stage.
- May 19: The Relationships Register Bill 2010 in Australia received Royal Assent. The law will take effect on 1 July, 2010.
- May 17: President Aníbal Cavaco Silva ratifies same-sex marriage legislation in Portugal, making it the sixth country in Europe, and eighth country overall, to allow same-sex marriages.
- May 12: The Relationships Register Bill 2010 is approved by the NSW Legislative Council (upper house)
- May 11: The Relationships Register Bill 2010 is approved by the NSW Legislative Assembly
- May 5: The Argentine lower chamber approves a same-sex marriage bill by 125–109.
- April 8: Portugal‘s Constitutional Court rules that the same-sex marriage bill passed by the legislature is not unconstitutional.
- March 4: Same-sex marriage law becomes effective in Mexico City.
- March 3: Same-sex marriage law becomes effective in the District of Columbia.
- March 2: Slovenia‘s lower house passes same-sex marriage law in the “first reading” by 46–38.
- February 11: The Portuguese Assembly of the Republic passes same-sex marriage law in the “second reading”. It still has to be signed by the President, Aníbal Cavaco Silva, who is waiting on the Constitutional Court’s ruling on the constitutionality of the bill.[29)
- January 8: Portugal‘s Assembly of the Republic passes same-sex marriage law in the “first reading” by 125–99.
- January 1: Same-sex marriage law became effective in New Hampshire and registered partnership law became effective in Austria.
- December 29: Mexico City‘s signs same-sex marriage bill into law.
- 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.
- 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 while Ballot measure in Washington upholds “everything-but-marriage.”
- 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 Hungary. Australia recognizes unregistered cohabitation. Colorado recognizes designated beneficiary agreements. (similar to the U.S. state ofHawaii).
- June 3: New Hampshire legalizes same-sex marriage.
- 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, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- November 19: Supreme Court of Nepal orders the government to legalize same-sex marriage.
- November 12: Same-sex marriage becomes legal in Connecticut.
- November 4: Measures pass amending the constitutions of Arizona, California, and Florida to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman
- October 10: Supreme Court of Connecticut legalizes same-sex marriage.
- July 1: Maryland domestic partnership laws become effective.
- June 16: Same-sex marriage becomes legal in California.
- June 11: Norway legalizes same-sex marriage.
- May 22: Maryland governor Martin O’Malley signs into law two bills establishing limited domestic partnership .
- May 15: Supreme Court of California legalizes same-sex marriage in the landmark In re Marriage Cases ruling.
- February 1: Domestic partnership in Oregon take effect
- January 1: Civil unions in New Hampshire take effect.
- January 1: Civil unions in Uruguay take effect.
- On November 29, the first foreign same-sex wedding is held in Hanoi, Vietnam
- 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.
- 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.
- December 7: Canada‘s Members of Parliament rejected Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s motion to re-open the equal marriage debate. The prime minister declared the issue “settled”.
- November 29: South Africa’s Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, acting for President Thabo Mbeki, signs the Civil Union Act, 2006 into law.
- November 28: South Africa’s upper house, the National Council of Provinces, approves the Civil Union Bill
- November 21: Israel‘s supreme court rules that same-sex marriages performed abroad will be formally registered by the Israeli Interior Ministry.
- November 14: The National Assembly of South Africa approves the Civil Union Bill
- November 9: The Legislative Assembly of Mexico City passes a civil union law that recognizes same sex couples for the first time in Mexico.
- November 7: In the U.S. elections, Arizona rejects an initiative banning same-sex marriage. The first state in the country to do so. However, seven other states pass marriage amendments.
- October 25: New Jersey Supreme Court unanimously rules in favor of marriage equality;
- September 12: The Minister of Home Affairs, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, introduces the Civil Union Bill in the National Assembly of South Africa, in response to the Constitutional Court’s ruling from the previous year.
- July 26: Washington State Supreme Court issues its decision upholding state DOMA laws
- July 23: Slovenia‘s same-sex registered partnership law made effective.
- July 14: The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit overturns Judge Joseph F. Bataillon‘s 2005 decision in Citizens for Equal Protection v. Bruning, and rules that “laws limiting the state-recognized institution of marriage to heterosexual couples … do not violate the Constitution of the United States.”
- July 6: New York State Court of Appeals rules that the NYS Constitution does not mandate recognition of same sex marriage.
- June 20: The law allowing adoption by same-sex couples is published in the Belgian Official Journal.
- May 18: King Albert II of Belgium signs bill allowing adoption by same-sex couples into law.
- April 20: Belgium: The Senate approves legislation allowing adoption by same-sex couples
- March 15: The Czech Republic passes a registered partnership law, takes
- Uganda and Latvia amend their constitutions to ban same-sex marriage.
- December 19: The first civil partnership ceremony in Northern Ireland takes place.
- December 5: The United Kingdom‘s legalization of civil partnerships comes into force.
- December 1: Belgium: The Chamber of Representatives approves legislation allowing adoption by same-sex couples
- December 1: the Constitutional Court of South Africa unanimously finds the restriction of marriage to opposite-sex couples to be unconstitutional.
- November 8: United States: Texas becomes the 18th state to write a ban on same-sex marriage into its constitution, defining marriage as “the union of one man and one woman” and prohibiting the state from “creating or recognizing any legal status identical or similar to marriage,” when voters approved the amendment in the November elections.
- July 19: Canada: the Civil Marriage Act (Bill C-38) is passed by the Canadian Senate. It became law on July 20 after receiving Royal Assent.
- June 30: Spain: The Congress of Deputies passed the same-sex marriage bill for a second time, overruling the rejection of the Spanish Senate a week before. The law took effect on July 3, after it was publicized in the official government registry. King Juan Carlos, who holds a right of veto, expeditiously granted the law his Royal Assent the day after the law was passed.
- June 28: Canada: Canadian House of Commons passes Bill C-38, which will legalize same-sex marriage.
- June 23: Canada: A judge in New Brunswick rules that same-sex couples have the right to equal marriage in that province.
- June 5: A referendum is passed in Switzerland giving same sex couples the same inheritance and tax rights as married heterosexual couples. Switzerland’s is a direct democracy and this referendum is binding.
- May 12: United States: the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska announced its decision in favor of the plaintiffs in Citizens for Equal Protection v. Bruning, overturning Nebraska Initiative Measure 416 based on the Equal Protection Clause, the First Amendment, and the Contract Clause‘s prohibition on bills of attainder. Judge Joseph F. Bataillon‘s decision concluded that Nebraska had no rational basis in denying gays and lesbians marriage licenses. On July 14, 2006, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit overturned Judge Bataillon’s decision and ruled that “laws limiting the state-recognized institution of marriage to heterosexual couples … do not violate the Constitution of the United States.”
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.
- 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: Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky,Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Ohio, Oregon, 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.
- 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.
- 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, California: San 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
- 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. 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.
- 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 Ontario, the first legal same-sex marriages in modern times.
- December 21: Netherlands: Queen 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.
- creates a relationship register for both gay and straight couples
- redefines the non-registered partnership as the stable union between two adults regardless of their gender
- creates a relationship register for both gay and straight couples
- 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.
- Iceland “registered partnership” legalized.
- United States – Defense of Marriage Act (this bans the federal Government from recognising same-sex marriages or any other kind of same-sex union) is signed into law by Bill Clinton
- 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, Minnesota: Jack 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.