2010 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 2010.

Events[edit]

February[edit]

March[edit]

  • 1 – Crime Decree 2009[3] decriminalises in Fiji.[4] Fiji became the first Pacific Island country to formally decriminalise homosexuality.
  • 2 – The European Court of Human Rights ruled unanimously against "a blanket exclusion of persons living in a homosexual relationship from succession to a tenancy" in Kozak v. Poland.[5][6]
  • 4 – Mexico City's same-sex marriage and adoption laws come into effect.[7] This follows twenty-two couples' taking part in a symbolic marriage ceremony in Tlaxcala on February 26 to highlight the issue.[8]
  • 9 – The first same-sex marriages are performed in the District of Columbia, with licenses having been available since March 3.[9]
  • 31
  • The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopts a recommendation on measures to combat discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity.[10][11]
  • In Fields v. Smith the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin strikes down the state's "Inmate Sex Change Prevention Act." Passed in 2005, the law barred doctors in Wisconsin prisons from prescribing hormone treatment or sex reassignment surgery to transgender inmates. The court finds that denial of treatment absent a medically necessary reason constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.[12]

April[edit]

May[edit]

  • 17 – Amid controversy, a law enabling same-sex marriage in Portugal is promulgated by president Aníbal Cavaco Silva, although adoption is ruled out.[19][20] The law comes into force on June 5, with the first marriage on June 7.
  • 18 – Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza are convicted in a Malawian court or having committed "unnatural offenses" and "indecent practices between males" under sections 153 and 156 of Malawi's criminal code after local newspapers reported that they had participated in a public same-sex chinkhoswe, or engagement ceremony.[21] Monjeza, who identifies as male, and Chimbalanga, a transgender person who identifies as female, are each sentenced to 14 years hard labour on May 20, but are pardoned by President Bingu wa Mutharika following international pressure and an appeal from United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.[22][clarification needed]

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

  • 2- Voters in El Paso, Texas pass an initiative that strips health insurance benefits from the unmarried partners of city employees.[65] Supporters say that their intention was to target gay city employees and their partners.[66]

December[edit]

Deaths[edit]

  • September 22 – Tyler Clementi, American student, committed suicide after a video of his sexual encounter with a man was streamed over the internet without his knowledge.[70]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ O'Donnabhain v. Commissioner, 134 T.C. No. 4 (United States Tax Court February 2, 2010).
  2. ^ Lavoie, Denise (February 3, 2010). "Case backs need for sex-change surgery". The Boston Globe. Associated Press via the Boston Globe. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Fiji first Pacific Island nation with colonial-era sodomy laws to formally decriminalise homosexuality". UNAIDS. March 4, 2010. Archived from the original on September 29, 2010. Retrieved December 13, 2010. 
  4. ^ Chand, Shalveen (February 26, 2010). "Same sex law decriminalised". The Fiji Times. Retrieved December 13, 2010. 
  5. ^ Kozak v. Poland, [2010] ECHR 280. Retrieved December 11, 2010.
  6. ^ Cienski, Jan (March 18, 2010). "Polish conservatives aghast at Human Rights Court verdict". GlobalPost. Archived from the original on December 2, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Mexico City’s gay marriage law takes effect". Associated Press via MSNBC. March 4, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  8. ^ Holman, John (March 6, 2010). "Anger at Mexico's gay marriage law". Al Jazeera.net. Retrieved July 22, 2010. 
  9. ^ Gresko, Jessica (March 3, 2010). "Same-sex marriage becomes legal in DC". Associated Press via Google News. Archived from the original on March 3, 2010. Retrieved March 3, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)5 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on measures to combat discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity". Council of Europe Committee of Ministers. March 31, 2010. Retrieved July 22, 2010. 
  11. ^ Wockner, Rex (April 13, 2010). "Council of Europe passes 'historic' LGBT recommendations". Bay Windows. Retrieved December 12, 2010. [permanent dead link]
  12. ^ Fields v. Smith, 712 F.Supp.2d 830 (2010)
  13. ^ "AR aprova diploma que permite a homossexuais dar sangue". diariodigital.sapo.pt. Retrieved 2016-02-13. 
  14. ^ Katikanemi, Bhargav (April 17, 2010). "Arkansas judge strikes down gay adoption ban". JURIST. Archived from the original on December 4, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  15. ^ Moritz, Rob (April 16, 2010). "Judge strikes down adoption ban". Arkansas News. Stephens Media. Archived from the original on November 19, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  16. ^ Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Resolution 1728 (2010) Archived May 15, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  17. ^ Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Recommendation 1915 (2010) Archived May 15, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  18. ^ "Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly strongly condemns discrimination against LGBT people in Europe". ILGA-Europe. May 3, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010. [permanent dead link]
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  21. ^ "Gay couple convicted in Malawi faces 14-year term". NPR. May 18, 2010. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 
  22. ^ "Malawi pardons jailed gay couple". BBC. May 29, 2010. Archived from the original on June 1, 2010. Retrieved July 22, 2010. 
  23. ^ "Memorandum for the heads of executive departments and agencies: Extension of benefits to same-sex domestic partners of federal employees". White House Office of the Press Secretary. June 2, 2010. Archived from the original on November 27, 2010. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 
  24. ^ Arce, Dwyer (June 3, 2010). "Obama extends additional benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees". JURIST. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 
  25. ^ Schalk and Kopf v. Austria, [2010] ECHR 995. Retrieved December 11, 2010.
  26. ^ Buyse, Antoine (June 24, 2010). "Strasbourg court rules that states are not obliged to allow gay marriage". The Guardian. London. guardian.co.uk. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  27. ^ "PM Marries with New Marital Law". Iceland Review Online. June 27, 2010. Retrieved July 22, 2010. 
  28. ^ Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, 561 U.S. ___, 130 S.Ct. 2971, 177 L.Ed.2d 838 (2010). Retrieved December 11, 2010.
  29. ^ Schmidt, Peter (June 28, 2010). "Supreme Court Decision on Law School's Anti-Bias Policy May Have Limited Impact". Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 
  30. ^ "Civil Partnership Bill passes through Dáil". RTÉ News. July 11, 2010. Archived from the original on July 4, 2010. Retrieved August 13, 2010. 
  31. ^ "Civil Partnership Bill passes the Seanad". RTÉ News. July 8, 2010. Archived from the original on July 11, 2010. Retrieved August 13, 2010. 
  32. ^ Taylor, Charplie (July 19, 2010). "Civil Partnership Bill signed into law". The Irish Times. Retrieved August 13, 2010. 
  33. ^ Roig, Suzanne (July 7, 2010). "Hawaii Governor Vetoes Civil-Unions Bill". Time. Archived from the original on December 1, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  34. ^ HJ and HT v Home Secretary [2010] UKSC 31, [2010] 3 WLR 386. Retrieved December 11, 2010.
  35. ^ Travis, Alan; Afua Hirsch (July 7, 2010). "Gay refugees must get asylum, rule judges". The Guardian. London. Archived from the original on December 10, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  36. ^ Keen, Lisa (July 8, 2010). "DOMA decisions released". Bay Windows. Archived from the original on July 11, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  37. ^ Goodnough, Abby; John Schwartz (July 8, 2010). "Judge Topples U.S. Rejection of Gay Unions". The New York Times. Archived from the original on June 18, 2012. Retrieved July 9, 2010. 
  38. ^ "Key Argentine Senate Panel Advises Against Gay Marriage Bill". On Top Magazine. July 6, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  39. ^ "Lower House approves gay marriage". Momento 24. May 5, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  40. ^ "Cristina Kirchner signs bill legalizing same-sex couples' marriage". MercoPress. July 22, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  41. ^ "US gay rights group gets UN accreditation". Associated Press via CBS. July 19, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  42. ^ P.B. and J.S. v. Austria [2010] ECHR 1146. Retrieved December 12, 2010.
  43. ^ Peroni, Lourdes (July 27, 2010). "P.B. and J.S. v. Austria: Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation". Strasbourg Observers. Human Rights Centre, Faculty of Law, Ghent University. Archived from the original on December 2, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  44. ^ Perry v. Schwarzenegger, 704 F.Supp.2d 921. Accessed December 12, 2010.
  45. ^ Dolan, Maura (August 4, 2010). "Judge strikes down Prop. 8, allows gay marriage in California [Updated]". Los Angeles Times. L.A. Now. Archived from the original on December 6, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  46. ^ Joel Rosenblatt and Edvard Pettersson (August 16, 2010). "California Gay Marriage Remains Banned During Appeal". Bloomberg Businessweek. Archived from the original on August 19, 2010. Retrieved August 16, 2010. 
  47. ^ "Mexican Court Upholds Capital’s Gay Marriage Law". Voice of America. August 5, 2010. Archived from the original on July 22, 2011. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  48. ^ "Supreme court rules gay weddings valid in all Mexico". BBC. August 10, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  49. ^ (in Spanish) Cancino, Fabiola (August 16, 2010). "Nueve ministros a favor de la adopción en matrimonios gay" (in Spanish). CNN México. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  50. ^ Castillo, E. Eduardo (August 16, 2010). "Mexico Supreme Court Upholds Gay Adoptions". Associated Press via ABC. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  51. ^ Sharpe, Tom (August 9, 2010). "Judge: No easy way out for same-sex couple". The Santa Fe New Mexican. Retrieved December 12, 2010. [permanent dead link]
  52. ^ Levitz, David (August 17, 2010). "Germany's gay couples to receive equal inheritance tax rights". Deutsche Welle. Archived from the original on November 30, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  53. ^ "Tasmania moves to recognise same-sex unions". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. September 1, 2010. Archived from the original on November 25, 2010. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 
  54. ^ Appleton, Roy (September 1, 2010). "Dallas judge's ruling saying gay couple could divorce in Texas rejected on appeal". The Dallas Morning News. Archived from the original on November 3, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  55. ^ In the Matter of the Marriage of J.B. and H.B. Docket No. 05-09-01170-CV (Tex. App.-Dallas, 2010)
  56. ^ Schwartz, John (September 9, 2010). "Judge Rules That Military Policy Violates Rights of Gays". New York Times. Archived from the original on November 6, 2011. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  57. ^ Willon, Phil (September 9, 2010). "Judge declares U.S. military's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy openly banning gay service members unconstitutional". The Los Angeles Times. L.A. Now. Archived from the original on December 5, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  58. ^ Schimizzi, Carrie (November 2, 2010). "Ninth Circuit indefinitely extends stay on 'Don't Ask Don't Tell'". JURIST. Archived from the original on November 12, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  59. ^ Dennett, Harley (September 15, 2010). "Let them serve: Defence drops ban on transgender soldiers". Crikey. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  60. ^ "NY law lets unmarried adults jointly adopt". The Associated Press via The Boston Herald. September 20, 2010. Archived from the original on September 24, 2010. Retrieved October 1, 2010. 
  61. ^ Marbin Miller, Carol (December 12, 2010). "Appeals court: Florida ban on gay adoption unconstitutional". The Miami Herald. Archived from the original on October 6, 2010. Retrieved September 22, 2010. 
  62. ^ "Florida gay adoption ban ends". Associated Press via MSNBC. October 22, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  63. ^ Tasmania to recognise same-sex marriage
  64. ^ W v. Registrar of Marriages, HCAL 120/2009 (5 October 2010); judgment text also available from HKLII
  65. ^ Judge upholds ban on domestic partner benefits[permanent dead link]
  66. ^ Domestic partner benefits law sends El Paso backward, some say[permanent dead link]
  67. ^ a b Runningen, Roger (December 22, 2010). "Obama Signs Repeal of Ban on Gays in Military, Says Law Strengthens U.S". Bloomberg. Retrieved December 22, 2010. 
  68. ^ CBS News – Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Passes in the House
  69. ^ CNN – Senate votes to repeal ban on gays openly serving in military Archived January 6, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  70. ^ Pilkington, Ed (September 30, 2010). "Tyler Clementi, student outed as gay on internet, jumps to his death: Gay student Tyler Clementi whose roommate allegedly streamed video of him having sex with a man killed himself the next day". The Observer. London. Archived from the original on May 3, 2011. Retrieved May 18, 2011.