California law AB 205, which extends many rights and responsibilities of marriage to registered domestic partners, goes into effect. The new law expands domestic partnership statutes to include most marriage rights available under state law. California domestic partnerships are available to opposite-sex couples age 62 and older who meet certain Social Security qualifications and to all same-sex couples age 18 and older without further qualification.
In Germany, stepchild adoption and some additional rights for same-sex civil unions go into effect.
21 – US state of Illinois bans discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in the private sector.
1 – Canadian federal government introduces Bill C-38, the Civil Marriage Act, which would legalize same-sex marriage in all provinces and territories.
4 – In the U.S. state of New York, state Supreme Court judge Doris Ling-Cohan rules in favor of a lawsuit by five same-sex couples, stating that a ban on same-sex marriage violates the state's constitution.
15 – The Cincinnati, Ohio city council passes a gay rights ordinance after voters repealed the anti-gay Issue 3 in 2005.
31 – In the U.S. state of Maine, the state's Human Rights Act is amended to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation (which is defined to include gender identity) in the private sector. The act would be the subject of a referendum November 8, in which it would be endorsed by voters.
In its home state of Washington, the Microsoft corporation withdraws support for H.B. 1515, after pressure from local clergyman Ken Hutcherson. The bill would have made it illegal to fire an employee based on sexual orientation. Hutcherson threatened the company with a nationwide boycott.
22 – H.B. 1515 is defeated in the Washington state senate by a single vote. Two Democratic-party lawmakers join all 23 Republican state senators to defeat the bill.
25 – Four same-sex couples in the Canadian province of New Brunswick ask their Court of Appeal to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples.
5 – Fifty-eight percent of voters in Switzerland vote in favor of extending rights for registered civil unions for same-sex couples. This is the first time that the topic has been put to a national referendum. Same-sex couples will be treated in the same way as opposite-sex married couples in terms of pension and taxes. However, they will not be able to marry, to adopt children or undergo fertility treatment.
A group of gay veterans rally in Austin, Texas, to protest state governor Rick Perry's comments that gay military veterans should leave Texas. An estimated 65,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender veterans live in Texas.
9 – The First Department of the Appellate Division overrules an order from Judge Doris Ling-Cohan in February 2005 to allow gay marriages in New York City.
10 – In Houston, Texas, businesswoman Sue Lovell wins an at-large vacancy on the city council, joining city controller Annise Parker as the first two openly gay persons to be elected to office in the city of Houston.
16 – Mark Warner, governor of the U.S. state of Virginia, issues an executive order banning sexual orientation discrimination in the public sector.
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