2009 in LGBT rights

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This is a list of notable events in the history of LGBT rights that took place in the year 2009.

Events[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

  • 1 — Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir becomes prime minister of Iceland, the first openly gay head of government in the modern world.[3]
  • 9 – Domestic Partnership Registry opens in Phoenix, Arizona.[4]
  • 12
    • In the United States Congress, Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York and Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont reintroduce the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA) (H.R.1024 & S.424).[5][6]
    • The government of Hungary approves a new registered partnership bill which would only apply to same-sex couples, providing all of the rights of marriage except adoption and the ability to take the same surname. Registered partnership legislation was previously passed by the government in 2007, but struck down as unconstitutional 16 days before taking effect since its availability to opposite-sex couples duplicated already-existing marriage law.
    • Hawaii civil unions bill passes the state house on a 33–17 vote.[7]
  • 18 – All five bills called the Common Ground Initiative that would have extended LGBT rights in Utah die.[8]
  • 19 – The North Dakota Senate votes 27 to 19 to amend the state Human Rights Act to include sexual orientation and gender identity.[9]
  • 20 – A bill to criminalize homosexuality dies in the Burundi Senate.[10]
  • 23 – The Colorado House approves a domestic partner benefits bill that would make it easier for unmarried couples, including gays and lesbians, to make medical decision for incapacitated partners and leave property to their partners.[11]
  • 24 – The Colorado Senate approves a domestic partner benefits bill that would make it easier for unmarried couples, including gays and lesbians, to make medical decision for incapacitated partners and leave property to their partners.[12]

March[edit]

  • 2 — Argentina ends ban on gays in the military.[13]
  • 3 – The Philippines ends ban on gays in the military.[14]
  • 5 – The California Supreme Court meets in San Francisco to hear arguments concerning the validity of Proposition 8.
  • 10
  • 20 — Denmark legalizes adoption by same-sex couples.[17]
  • 23 – The Vermont Senate passes a bill 26 to 4 legalizing same sex marriage.[18]
  • 26 — Serbian lawmakers give final approval with a majority of 127 votes in favor to 59 against to ban any kind of discrimination, whether based on race, religion, sexual orientation or gender or other factors.[19]
  • 26 – The New Hampshire House votes for gay marriage 186 to 179 after first voting against it, 183 to 182.[20]
  • 27 — Japan allows its citizens to marry same-sex foreign partners in countries where same-sex marriage is legal.[21]


April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

  • 1 — Colorado domestic partnership law becomes effective.
  • 2 – The Delhi High Court rules that homosexual intercourse between consenting adults is not a criminal act.[40]
  • 3 — Delaware prohibits sexual orientation discrimination under the Delaware Code, but not gender identity.
  • 6 – The District of Columbia recognizes same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions.

August[edit]

  • 3 — Wisconsin domestic partnership law becomes effective.

September[edit]

  • 1 — Vermont same-sex marriage law becomes effective.

October[edit]

  • 1 — Nevada domestic partnership becomes effective.
  • 13 – Ugandan Member of Parliament David Bahati introduces the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill which would broaden the criminalization of same-sex relationships in Uganda and establish the death penalty for HIV-positive people engaging in sexual activity with people of the same sex or with those under 18.[41]
  • 28 – United States President Barack Obama signs the Matthew Shepard Act, which expands federal hate-crime law to include crimes motivated by a victim's actual or perceived gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability, the first US federal law to extend legal protections to transgender persons.[42]

November[edit]

  • India agrees to list eunuchs and transgender people as "others", distinct from males and females, in voting rolls and voter identity cards.[43]
  • 3
    • Washington voters approve Referendum 71 to uphold the state's "everything but marriage" domestic partnership law with 53% of the vote.[44]
    • Maine voters repeal the state's marriage equality law by 53%.[45]
  • 12 — India election authorities begin granting intersex and transsexual people the right to register as independent genders on voting lists.[46]
  • 13 – A judge in Buenos Aires, Argentina allows for the first same-sex marriage in Argentina and Latin America.[47][48]
  • 14 - The mayor of Montpellier, France, Hélène Mandroux launches the Appeal of Montpellier in support of same sex marriage in France.
  • 19 – The New York Court of Appeals rules that state officials have the authority to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages, although the court declines to rule on whether same-sex couples may legally marry in the state.[49]

December[edit]

Deaths[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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