Recent Events

1994-Massachusetts became the first state to outlaw discrimination against gay and lesbian students in public schools

2000-in Maine there was reported 3,394 households led by same-sex partners, out of 594,301 reported same-sex partner households

May 17, 2004-same-sex marriages became legal in Massachusetts

2005-California legislature became the first legislative body in the U.S. to pass a bill legalizing same-sex marriage without court order. The
legislation was then vetoed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

2006-Alabama passed a constitutional amendment defining marriage between one man and one woman

2006-New Jersey legislature passed a statue establishing civil unions

2007-A comprehensive domestic partnership statue was passed in Orgeon. Granting nearly all civil rights for married couples to smae-sex couples