July 9, - Judge Joseph Tauro of Massachusetts rules that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional because it interferes with a state's right to define marriage. September 11, Two years later, the United Nations appointed its first-ever independent expert on sexual orientation and gender identity. Same-sex relations between men are banned in parts of Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmarand Singaporeand in Brunei they are punishable by death. By comparison, a relative modest impact. On February 8,the House approves the measure by a vote of
In Canada became the first country in the Western Hemisphere to legalize same-sex marriage.
Since July, Hanes has issued licenses to couples, despite a Pennsylvania law defining marriage as between a man and a woman. June 6, - A Wisconsin federal judge strikes down the state's same-sex marriage ban. Social Justice.
The date marked the first day that all of Illinois' counties could begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.