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26 May 1864
Ban on Gay Books Written by Karl Heinrich Ulfichs is Rescinded

Ban on Gay Books Written by Karl Heinrich Ulfichs is Rescinded

15 May 1871
Paragraph 175 of German Criminal Code Criminalizes Sex Acts Between Men

Paragraph 175 of German Criminal Code Criminalizes Sex Acts Between Men

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22 February 1933
Goering Closes Short Term Hotels Believed to be Used by Gays

Goering Closes Short Term Hotels Believed to be Used by Gays

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30 June 1934
Night of the Long Knives: Purge of Hitler's Opponents and Critics

Night of the Long Knives: Purge of Hitler's Opponents and Critics

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26 June 1935
Nazi Law for Sterilizing Undesirables Extends to Voluntary Castration of Sex Offenders

Nazi Law for Sterilizing Undesirables Extends to Voluntary Castration of Sex Offenders

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28 June 1935
Franz Gürtner Stiffens Nazi Germany's Punishments for Homosexuality

Franz Gürtner Stiffens Nazi Germany's Punishments for Homosexuality

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26 October 1936
Himmler Sets Up Reich Central Office for Combating Abortion and Homosexuality

Himmler Sets Up Reich Central Office for Combating Abortion and Homosexuality

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18 February 1937
Heinrich Himmler Tells SS: Homosexuality Upsets Sexual Balance-Sheet in Germany

Heinrich Himmler Tells SS: Homosexuality Upsets Sexual Balance-Sheet in Germany

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5 April 1937
Gestapo Colonel Josef Meisinger: Prosecute Homosexuals as Enemies of the State

Gestapo Colonel Josef Meisinger: Prosecute Homosexuals as Enemies of the State

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2 September 1938
Himmler: Death Penalty Will be Applied to Homosexuality in the SS

Himmler: Death Penalty Will be Applied to Homosexuality in the SS

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14 November 1941
Himmler Gives Hitler's Order Any SS or Police Staff Caught in Homosexual Acts are to be Executed

Himmler Gives Hitler's Order Any SS or Police Staff Caught in Homosexual Acts are to be Executed

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1 October 1971
Same Sex Couple Manonia Evans and Donna Burkett Apply for Marriage License

Same Sex Couple Manonia Evans and Donna Burkett Apply for Marriage License

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25 December 1971
Manonia Evans and Donna Burkett are Married by Gay Orthodox Priest

Manonia Evans and Donna Burkett are Married by Gay Orthodox Priest

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10 January 1972
Burkett v. Zablocki: Lawsuit Over Refusal to Issue a Marriage License to a Lesbian Couple is Dismissed

Burkett v. Zablocki: Lawsuit Over Refusal to Issue a Marriage License to a Lesbian Couple is Dismissed

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25 June 1972
Rev. William Johnson Becomes First Openly Gay Priest Ordained in any Christian Group

Rev. William Johnson Becomes First Openly Gay Priest Ordained in any Christian Group

0 September 1972

Netherlands' Evangelical Lutheran Church Rules Lesbians & Gays Can Serve as Pastors

26 March 1975

Boulder County Clerk Issues Same-Sex Marriage Licenses, Receives Abuse

14 October 1979
National March for Lesbian and Gay Rights Takes Place in Washington D.C.

National March for Lesbian and Gay Rights Takes Place in Washington D.C.

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22 January 1980
Jerry Falwell Allegedly Asks Carter about Gays on White House Staff

Jerry Falwell Allegedly Asks Carter about Gays on White House Staff

15 November 1982
U.S. Judge Brevard Hand Hears From Plaintiff Ishmael Jaffree on Christianity in Son's School

U.S. Judge Brevard Hand Hears From Plaintiff Ishmael Jaffree on Christianity in Son's School

4 July 1983
Rev. Jerry Falwell Gives Speech Saying AIDS is the Gay Plague

Rev. Jerry Falwell Gives Speech Saying AIDS is the Gay Plague

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25 June 1984
Death of French Philosopher Michel Foucault

Death of French Philosopher Michel Foucault

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30 June 1986
Bowers v. Hardwick: Consensual Sex Between Same Gender Adults Not Constitutionally Protected

Bowers v. Hardwick: Consensual Sex Between Same Gender Adults Not Constitutionally Protected

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5 September 1986
Seattle Archbishop Hunthausen Reveals Vatican Stripped Him of Authority

Seattle Archbishop Hunthausen Reveals Vatican Stripped Him of Authority

28 June 1987

American Psychiatric Association Removes Last Diagnostic Category for Homosexuality

26 August 1987

Methodist Church Suspends Lesbian Minister Rose Denman

1 October 1989

Denmark's Law Recognizing Registered Partnerships is World's First Law for Same-Sex Unions

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26 February 1990
Ben-Shalom v. Stone, Woodward v. U.S: Gay Discrimination in Military Upheld

Ben-Shalom v. Stone, Woodward v. U.S: Gay Discrimination in Military Upheld

22 June 1992
Vatican Condemns U.S. States Outlawing Discrimination Due to Sexual Orientation

Vatican Condemns U.S. States Outlawing Discrimination Due to Sexual Orientation

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30 July 1992
James Dale Files Suit Against Boy Scouts for Discrimination Against Gays

James Dale Files Suit Against Boy Scouts for Discrimination Against Gays

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12 November 1992

National Council of Churches Rejects Observer Status for Gay Churches

15 July 1994
United Methodist Church Rev. Jeanne Powers Announces She is Gay

United Methodist Church Rev. Jeanne Powers Announces She is Gay

18 August 1994
Mitt Romney: I'd Be Better for Gay Rights than Ted Kennedy

Mitt Romney: I'd Be Better for Gay Rights than Ted Kennedy

13 January 1996

American Baptist Church Expels Four Congregants

25 April 1996
United Methodist Church Rejects Change to Church Law About Homosexuality

United Methodist Church Rejects Change to Church Law About Homosexuality

21 September 1996
President Bill Clinton Signs Defense of Marriage Act

President Bill Clinton Signs Defense of Marriage Act

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15 February 1997

Anglican Church Representatives Declare Sexual Promiscuity a Sin

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12 April 1997
Judge James Leon Holmes: Feminism Leads to Abortion, Homosexuality, Culture of Death

Judge James Leon Holmes: Feminism Leads to Abortion, Homosexuality, Culture of Death

19 July 1997
Episcopal Convention Rejects Proposal to Recognize Same-Sex Marriages

Episcopal Convention Rejects Proposal to Recognize Same-Sex Marriages

0 January 1999

Presbyterian Church Permits Same-Sex Unions

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16 January 1999

Methodist Minsters Bless Same-Sex Union in California

1 February 1999
Jerry Falwell Claims Children's Show Character, Tinky Winky, is Gay

Jerry Falwell Claims Children's Show Character, Tinky Winky, is Gay

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24 February 1999

Rev. James Callan Excommunicated From Roman Catholic Church

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0 March 1999

Methodist Church Suspends Rev. Gregory Dell for Presiding Over Same-Sex Ceremony

13 July 1999
Sister Gramick & Rev. Nugent Ordered to Stop Ministry to Gays & Lesbians

Sister Gramick & Rev. Nugent Ordered to Stop Ministry to Gays & Lesbians

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31 October 1999
Jerry Falwell Calls for End to Violent Homophobic Rhetoric

Jerry Falwell Calls for End to Violent Homophobic Rhetoric

17 November 1999
Methodist Minister Rev. Jimmy Creech is Defrocked for Presiding Over Same-Sex Ceremony

Methodist Minister Rev. Jimmy Creech is Defrocked for Presiding Over Same-Sex Ceremony

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26 April 2000
Vermont Governor Howard Dean Signs Bill Authorizing Same-Sex Civil Unions

Vermont Governor Howard Dean Signs Bill Authorizing Same-Sex Civil Unions

1 April 2001
Netherlands Becomes First Country to Fully Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Netherlands Becomes First Country to Fully Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

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1 August 2001
Angelika and Gudrun Pannier are Germany's First Gay Couple to Legally Wed

Angelika and Gudrun Pannier are Germany's First Gay Couple to Legally Wed

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