2004 in LGBT Rights

In 2004, there were 45 recorded legal changes made affecting LGBT people. In the previous year, there were 105 changes made and 73 in the following year. A total of 595 legal changes were made in the 2000s.

  • December 30
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    French law applies
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
  • December 29
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation only.
    state by state.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation only.
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  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation only.
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  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
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  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Treats of administrative penalties to be applied to companies that practice discrimination based on sexual orientation
  • November 9
    Same-sex marriage becomes foreign same-sex marriages recognized only.
    Second country in Asia to Recognize same sex marriages from another country since 2017.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    Marriage is recognized by law only between a man and a woman
  • November 4
    Same-sex marriage becomes not legal.
    The state passed a constitutional amendment to ban same sex marriage.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes not legal.
    Constitutional amendment adopted by state wide vote in 2004. Passed with 62% of the vote. Text of amendment follows: § 15.11 Marriage Amendment Only a union between one man and one woman may be a marriage valid in or recognized by this state and its political subdivisions. This state and its political subdivisions shall not create or recognize a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance or effect of marriage.
  • November 2
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    Proposal 2 passed in 2004 defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman
  • Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized, same-sex marriage and civil unions banned.
    Also note that it does not matter where a same-sex couple was married, Arkansas states that all such marriages are void in the eyes of the state.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized, same-sex marriage and civil unions banned.
    The Commonwealth of Kentucky only recognizes marriages between a man and woman regardless of where the ceremony was performed.
  • November 1
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    No
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    Civil unions since 2004. Nationwide since 2005.
  • October 19
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, but requires surgery.
    to change birth certificate.
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, but requires surgery.
    After Gender Reassignment Surgery and a legal name change, then you can apply for the gender to be changed on your birth certificate.
  • October 4
    Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    Punishment unknown.
  • Homosexual activity becomes male illegal, female uncertain.
    Sodomy was a crime under the 1907 common law, punishable with either death or a lesser punishment at the discretion of the court. "Sodomy" has been defined by its courts as "unlawful and intentional sexual relations per anum between two human males.
  • September 25
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    State law provides for protections against employment discrimination in regards to both sexual orientation and gender identification.
  • September 18
    Same-sex marriage becomes not legal.
    The state passed a referendum question defining marriage to be a union between one man and one woman.
  • August 25
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    No
  • Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    Marriage is defined as a union between a man and a woman
  • August 18
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • August 17
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    Defines a hate crime as a criminal act committed because the victim's perceived: disability, gender, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Protections also include gender identification.
  • August 11
    Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    One month to one year in prison. Not enforced.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes not legal.
    Since the Penal code of Bhutan was formalized in 2004, homosexuality is considered illegal and people found guilty can be sentenced to prison for 1 month to 1 year as per the clauses 213 & 214.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    Offence of "unnatural" sex is considered a petty misdemeanor in article 213 & 214.
  • August 4
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    Any adults are permitted to petition jointly or individually before the court to request adoption, regardless of sexual orientation. §19-5-202. Second-parent adoption by same-sex couples is permitted per Colo. Rev. §19-5-203 et seq.
  • August 1
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    Protection
  • Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes legal.
    Bulgaria provides protection against discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation in the fields of employment, health care, and education, recruitment to the military, housing, accommodation, and a range of services available to the public
  • July 24
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    Article 13 explicitly prohibits discriminations on the basis of sexual orientations
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    Article 13 explicitly prohibits discriminations on the basis of sexual orientations
  • July 14
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    Became the fourth Jurisdiction to legalize Gay marriage.
  • July 1
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    Same-sex marriages and civil unions are prohibited in Georgia. Marriages between people of the same sex are not entitled the status of marriage. Foreign same-sex marriages also stand void here and are not covered by the jurisdiction, whatsoever be the circumstances.
  • May 17
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    In 2004, Massachusetts became the first US state to legalize same-sex marriage.
  • March 15
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, but requires surgery.
  • March 12
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    just recently added protection
  • March 1
    Equal age of consent becomes equal.
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Homosexual activity is legal in Cape Verde.
  • February 1
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.

LGBT Organizations Founded in 2004

  • Sexual Minorities Uganda FaviconSexual Minorities Uganda
    Sexual Minorities Uganda [SM-UG] is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation that works towards achieving full legal and social equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual…
  • LGBT Pride Centre of Edmonton FaviconLGBT Pride Centre of Edmonton
    The Pride Centre of Edmonton is a registered charity that was incorporated in August of 2004 (although other incarnations of the Centre have existed since at least 1974.) The…
  • Garden State Equality FaviconGarden State Equality
    With more than 150,000 members, Garden State Equality is New Jersey’s largest civil rights organization of any kind – not just the state’s largest organization advocating…
  • Trans Youth Support Network FaviconTrans Youth Support Network
    ~~ Mission ~~ ~ To make it possible for trans and gender non-conforming youth to survive adultism, racism, sexism and economic injustices in systems we have to engage with to…
  • Colombia Diversa FaviconColombia Diversa
    Founded in 2004, Colombia Diversa is the leading LGBT human rights organization in Colombia. Colombia Diversa focuses on three main areas: 1. Advancing the human and legal…