2006 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 2006.



  • 1
    • Serbia equalizes age of consent for homosexual acts to 14, matching the legal age for heterosexual acts.
    • In the U.S. state of Illinois, a new state law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation goes into effect.
    • In the U.S. state of Washington, a new mayor of Spokane is sworn in to succeed James E. West, who was recalled after a political scandal involving him using his office computer to access gay websites.
  • 24 – Republic of Ireland – Report of Oireachtas committee recommending civil unions is launched by Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.
  • 25 – The Ocean County, New Jersey freeholders vote to allow county police and fire department employees to designate someone other than a spouse as a pension beneficiary. The move comes after the case of Laurel Hester, a police officer with the Ocean County prosecutor's office with terminal cancer, came to national attention when the freeholders refuse repeatedly to change the spouses-only rule.[1]
  • 26 – In the Czech Republic, registered partnership legislation is approved by the Senate 65–14.
  • 27 – In the U.S. state of Washington, legislators pass a bill banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation (which is legally defined to include gender identity). It passes with a 25–23 vote in the state senate and by a 61–37 vote in the House of Representatives. State governor Christine Gregoire says she will sign the bill into law on January 31.



  • 11 – Ernie Fletcher, governor of the U.S. state of Kentucky, rescinds a 2003 executive order banning discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in the public sector.[2]


  • 27 – An attempt to stage the first-ever gay pride march in Moscow ends with violence and mass arrests, after activists took to the streets despite the ban by mayor Yuri Luzhkov.


  • 5 – United States President George W. Bush renews his call for passage of the Federal Marriage Amendment.
  • 7
    • The Federal Marriage Amendment fails to pass the U.S. Senate. Of the 60 votes required to invoke the cloture motion, 49 senators voted to put the amendment to a vote and 48 voted against.
    • Anti-discrimination law in the state of Washington enters into effect, after a ballot initiative to reverse it fails to collect enough signatures.[3]
  • 29 – The Supreme Court of the U.S. state of Arkansas confirms a lower state court judgment, ruling that it is unconstitutional to ban lesbians and gays from being foster parents.




  • 16 – The government of Hong Kong accepts the decision of the appeals court to equalise the age of consent from 21 (for homosexual acts) to 16 (the legal age for heterosexual acts).[6]
  • 25 – The New Jersey Supreme Court rules in a 4–3 decision that the state constitution guarantees same-sex couples all the legal benefits of marriage, but does not explicitly legalize same-sex marriage in the state.[7]
  • 26 – 29 – The tenth-annual ILGA-Europe conference is held in Sofia, on the eve of Bulgaria's accession to the European Union in 2007.[8]



  • 1 – An equalised age of consent law comes into force in Isle of Man, reducing the legal age for homosexual activity from 18 to 16 to match the age for heterosexual activity.
  • 7
  • 11 – Three LGBT organisations—ILGA-Europe, LBL, and LSVD—are granted United Nations ECOSOC consultative status after a hard fought campaign from many non-governmental organizations.[19]
  • 14
    • The New Jersey Legislature enacts a bill to establish civil unions in that state. The measure passed 56–19 in the Assembly, and 23–12 in the Senate. It will come into effect 60 days after the governor signs it.[20]
    • In the Republic of Ireland, the Labour party introduces a civil unions bill in the Dáil, to be debated in early 2007.[21][22]
  • 19 – New Jersey bans gender identity discrimination in the private sector.[23]
  • 21 – New Jersey governor Jon Corzine signs the bill establishing civil unions in the state. The first civil union licenses become available on February 20, 2007.[24]


  • January 30 – Coretta Scott King, 78, American civil rights activist and advocate of gay rights
  • February 18 – Laurel Hester, 49, American police officer whose fight to name her domestic partner as her pension beneficiary garnered national attention[1]
  • May 24 – Fritz Klein, 73, American bisexual sex researcher and psychiatrist
  • July 3 – Nimrod Ping, 58, British gay architect and politician
  • October 14 – Gerry Studds, 69, American Representative for the state of Massachusetts, first openly gay member of Congress.[25]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Lieutenant Who Won Pension Rights for Her Domestic Partner Dies at 49
  2. ^ National Stonewall Democrats
  3. ^ Eyman stumbles with gay-rights challenge
  4. ^ The Prague Post Online: News: Nearly weds
  5. ^ Anglican Journal: Archbishop disciplined for performing same-sex marriage Archived June 20, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Gay News From 365Gay.com
  7. ^ Gay marriage decisions ripe in 2 courts
  8. ^ 10th ILGA-Europe annual conference: birthday cake in family circle / Sofia 2006 / Annual conference / About us / Europe / ilga – ILGA Europe
  9. ^ Halterman, Mike. "Rep. Patricia Todd Speaks Out". 1 (2). Out on the Town Magazine. Retrieved December 20, 2010. 
  10. ^ Dewan, Shaila (August 25, 2006). "Issues of Race and Sex Stir Up Alabama Election". The New York Times. Retrieved August 17, 2007. 
  11. ^ http://www.gaypeopleschronicle.com/stories06/november/1110061.htm
  12. ^ The Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006
  13. ^ http://www.lawcf.org/lawreformdetail.php?ID=235
  14. ^ Erich Adolfo Moncada Cota (November 19, 2006). "Mexico City Approves Same Sex Unions". Archived from the original on November 20, 2009. Retrieved December 9, 2009. 
  15. ^ "Gay partners can now inherit". News24. November 23, 2006. Retrieved November 26, 2011. 
  16. ^ "SA same-sex marriage law signed". BBC News. November 30, 2006. Retrieved August 30, 2011. 
  17. ^ "http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20061207/samesexmarriage_vote_061207/20061207?hub=TopStories
  18. ^ Scotland rejects adoption prejudice- from Pink News- all the latest gay news from the gay community – Pink News
  19. ^ ILGA | Historic recognition of LGBT organisations at the United Nations: one of ILGA’s regions and two of its members granted consultative status
  20. ^ New Jersey Legislature Votes to Allow Civil Unions – New York Times
  21. ^ The Labour Party – Press releases Archived February 8, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  22. ^ The Labour Party – Current campaigns Archived March 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  23. ^ Jackson Lewis – New Jersey Adds "Gender Identity and Expression" as a Protected Category Under State Civil Rights Law Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  24. ^ 7online.com: New York City and Tri-State News from WABC-TV December 21, 2006
  25. ^ Studds, first openly gay person elected to Congress, dead at 69 Archived November 13, 2006, at the Wayback Machine., CNN, October 14, 2006.