2003 in LGBT rights

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List of years in LGBT rights (table)

This is a list of notable events in the history of LGBT rights that took place in the year 2003.



  • 30 — In Belgium, legislation to allow same-sex couples to marry becomes active. Because of Belgian requirements for marriage, it will take until June before the first same-sex marriages are actually performed. The legal rights are not completely equal to opposite-sex marriage because couples lack adoption rights.


  • 13 — In the United States, The Census Bureau releases figures showing that 34.3 percent of households headed by lesbian couples, and 22.3 percent of those headed by gay male couples are raising children. The report also shows that 99.3 percent of counties in the U.S. have households headed by same-sex couples.[3]
  • 24 — New Mexico governor Bill Richardson signs the New Mexico Hate Crimes Act, establishing enhanced penalties for hate crimes, including anti-gay hate crimes.





United Nations Human Rights Committee decides the case Young v. Australia, concerning pension rights of surviving partner.[11]



  • 27 — Statistics from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation show that 16.7 percent of hate crimes committed in the country in 2002 were due to bias against the victim's perceived sexual orientation, the highest rate in the 12 years federal records have been kept.
  • 29 — A Human Rights Campaign study shows 60 percent of American adoption agencies accept applications from gay and lesbian couples and 40 percent claim to have placed children in homes headed by same-sex couples.




See also[edit]


  1. ^ Assemblyman Mark Leno's Gender Identity Bill Signed By Governor Davis
  2. ^ Farmington NM Gay Men
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ HRC | Page Not Found
  5. ^ http://www.azsos.gov/aar/2003/37/governor.pdf (Adobe Acrobat formet)
  6. ^ Limon v. Kansas, [openjurist.org/539/us/955/limon-v-kansas-02-583 539 US 955] (Supreme Court of the United States June 27, 2003).
  7. ^ "Gay rights case voids 17-year term for teen". The St. Petersburg Times. St. Petersburg, Florida: The Washington Post. June 28, 2003. p. 10A. Retrieved July 1, 2010. 
  8. ^ OA: 2003–10 Equal Employment Opportunity
  9. ^ U.S. House. 108th Congress, 1st Session. H.R. 832, Permanent Partners Immigration Act of 2003. ONLINE. Thomas. Available: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:HR00832:/ [July 31, 2003]
  10. ^ U.S. Senate. 108th Congress, 1st Session. S. 1510, Permanent Partners Immigration Act of 2003. ONLINE. Thomas. Available: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:S01510:/ [July 31, 2003]
  11. ^ UN HRC views in case No. 941/2000
  12. ^ LAVOIE, DENISE (Nov 16, 2013). "A Decade After Massachusetts' Landmark Gay Marriage Ruling, The Gains Are Clear". Huffington Post. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  13. ^ http://www.qrd.org/qrd/www/legal/lgln/01.2004.pdf (Adobe Acrobat format)
  14. ^ "Transitions". The Advocate. February 17, 2004. p. 17.