2014 in LGBT Rights

In 2014, there were 96 recorded legal changes made affecting LGBT people. In the previous year, there were 119 changes made and 119 in the following year. A total of 720 legal changes have been made so far in the 2010s.

  • December 26
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    According to the Movement Advancement Project.
  • December 22
    Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    On December 22, 2014, the Conversion Therapy for Minors Prohibition Amendment Act was signed into law, banning conversion therapy on minors. Washington, D.C. was the third U.S. region to ban conversion therapy, in addition to California and New Jersey.
  • December 19
    Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    Though the practice is still widespread throughout China, a Beijing court ruled conversion therapy illegal.
  • December 16
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    MSPs voted by 105 to 18 in favour of the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill. Establishes belief ceremonies, such as humanist ceremonies as a "third form of marriage", alongside religious and civil events. Allowing transgender people to stay married, rather than having to get divorced, when obtaining a Gender Recognition Certificate. Amended guidance on the teaching of the issue in schools. The first same-sex marriages were allowed to take place December 16, 2014.
  • December 1
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    one of the many states in mexico who recognize lgbt marriage.
  • November 28
    Same-sex marriage becomes other type of partnership.
    Finland legalizes full marriage for same-sex couples. However, this law only comes into effect in 2017.
  • November 20
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    Supreme Court allowed same sex marriage to commence
  • November 19
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    A supreme court judge struck down the same-sex marriage ban, allow same sex couples to marry
  • Same-sex marriage becomes ambiguous.
    Same sex marriage is currently allowed in 2 counties. The state is expected to increase this as the ban is challenged county by county
  • November 5
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    Queen's Bench Justice Donna Wilson Ruled It unconstitutional.
  • October 21
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    County clerks began issuing marriage license to same sex couples.
  • October 17
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    Arizona became legal when the state attorney announced that he will not appeal the decision made by federal court.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    Same sex marriage commenced when the Supreme Court denied Alaska's request for an emergency stay.
  • October 16
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    Homosexuality is legal
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    No
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    No
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    No
  • October 15
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    On October 15, 2014, same-sex marriage became legal in Idaho.
  • October 10
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    Case determined denial of rights was unconstitutional.
  • October 9
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Sevcik v. Sandoval that Nevada laws violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment after the US Supreme Court declined to take up other cases related to anti-marriage laws and amendments.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes other type of partnership.
    Although a law was passed and was meant to go into effect in 2016, bureaucratic process is impeding the full implementation of the passed law.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    After the Supreme Court's decision to not consider the appeal, same sex marriage ban was lifted on October 9th.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    The Supreme Court decision to not consider the appeal made same sex marriage legal in West Virginia
  • October 6
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    Supreme Court dismisses the appeal, making same-sex marriage legal.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    Same sex marriage in Wisconsin returned when the Supreme Court decision came through.
  • Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    Same sex marriage became legal, effectively overturning the same sex couple adoption
  • Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    Same sex marriage is now legal, allowing same sex couples to adopt children
  • September 18
    Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    No
  • September 17
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    Same-Sex Marriage became legal in Coahuila on September 17, 2014.
  • September 10
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Many instances of discriminations against LGBT individuals are illegal. The only case where discrimination is not illegal is if it is done by public domain (of which the church is one.)
  • September 9
    Same-sex marriage becomes civil unions.
  • September 8
    Same-sex adoption becomes step-child adoption only.
    Only singles can adopt
  • Equal age of consent becomes unequal.
    Age of consent for same sex is 18, for different sex is 14.
  • September 5
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    Denmark's historic new law allows citizens to self-determine their own gender identity without any requirements for medical or psychiatric intervention.
  • September 2
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    became legal in this state on that day.
  • September 1
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    As being an island of Denmark.
  • August 26
    Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    In the same bill that banned gay marriage.
  • August 1
    Homosexual activity becomes male illegal, female uncertain.
    Previous bill was struck down due to a technicality rendering it unconstitutional. However, homosexual conduct is still explicitly illegal and is punishable by imprisonment.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    Up to life in prison under unnatural/indecent acts.
  • July 18
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    The law was passed on July 18th. However, due to some complications with the state challenging the decision, the first marriage was only conducted from October 6th 2014 when the Supreme Court decided not to discuss the disputes.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    The ban on same sex marriage was struck down by a 2-1 vote on July 23rd, 2014. However, due to the appeal process, the first marriages were not conducted until October 7th.
  • July 3
    Conversion therapy becomes not banned.
    No
  • July 1
    Same-sex marriage becomes ambiguous.
    Same-sex marriage celebrated via judicial proceedings / court order.
  • June 26
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Only sexual orientation
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation only.
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  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation only.
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  • June 20
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Only sexual orientation
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation only.
    .
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation only.
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  • June 18
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
  • May 21
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    .
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes legal.
    According to the UK News.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation only.
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  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation only.
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  • May 20
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    "U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III, a federal judge appointed by President George W. Bush, ruled in favor of the freedom to marry, striking down Pennsylvania's ban on marriage for same-sex couple[s]."
  • May 19
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    In 2014, Oregon legalized same-sex marriage.
  • May 12
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
  • May
    Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (6-month deferral).
    Newer law has been passed. As of 20/05/2014 South African National Blood Service (SANBS) will accept donations from anyone as long as they have been in a monogamous relationship for the prior six months, or celibate - regardless of sexual orientation. Donors will be asked about sexual history rather than sexual orientation. Six month deferral instead applies to everyone with new sexual partners.
  • April 29
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    Now, surgery is not required to change an individual's stated gender on their birth certificate.
  • April 23
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    Application requires a letter from a psychiatrist, a commissioned for oaths letter from the applicant, and $20. The Vital Statistics Act's surgical requirement was defeated in court.
  • April 15
    Same-sex marriage becomes civil unions.
    Malta President Marie-Louise Colerio Preca signed a civil unions bill into law on April 15, 2014. The Labor Party ruled in favor of the bill at 37 to 0, while 30 abstained. According to a Eurostat poll, 80% of Maltese were said to oppose the law's provisions.
  • Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    Same-sex adoption became legal in Malta along with civil unions on April 15, 2014.
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, but requires surgery.
    The Supreme Court of india recognized a third gender that transgender persons can choose to identify themselves in official documents. However, this third gender is very different from what we normally think of a gender-queer individual
  • April 7
    Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    it was introduced in 2014
  • March 13
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
  • February 26
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    Despite the supreme court ruling, the constitutional ban of same sex marriage in Texas is still valid.
  • February 24
    Homosexual activity becomes illegal (up to life in prison as punishment).
    Under this bill, "aggravated homosexuality" is punishable by imprisonment for life. Includes provisions which make it illegal to aid homosexuality, touch with the intent of homosexuality, and promote homosexuality. Allows extradition for homosexuality-related offenses. Earlier referred to internationally as the "Kill the Gays" bill when first proposed on October 13, 2009, life imprisonment was substituted for the death penalty following international pressure. Prior to this bill, homosexuality was illegal under Section 145 of the penal code, punishable by up to life imprisonment.
  • February 14
    Same-sex marriage becomes ambiguous.
    Same-sex marriage celebrated via judicial proceedings / court order.
  • Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    No
  • February 11
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Only protection is gender identy and expression.
  • January 28
    Homosexual activity becomes ambiguous.
    Homosexual acts became legal in Lebanon after a judge said that homosexuality is not against nature although no law is passed.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    Up to 1 year in prison under unnatural/ indecent acts.
  • January 23
    Same-sex marriage becomes ambiguous.
    Virginia Attorney General, Mark Herring, announces he will not defend ban on same-sex marriage as it violates equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution. Federal judge currently hearing arguments in court.
  • January 18
    Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    Close to being legalized. Judge Rabih Maalouf ruled that homosexuality is a personal choice, and not a punishable offence” which referenced Article 183 of their Criminal Code.
  • January 11
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes no protections.
    In Virginia public-sector jobs, discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity are made illegal by executive order. There are no state protections for private sector employees, and the attorney general has released an opinion stating that localities that have instituted protective policies are outside of their legislative powers.
  • January 7
    Same-sex marriage becomes not legal.
    The newly enacted regulation against same sex marriage implies such act is punishable by fourteen-year term of imprisonment.
  • January 6
    Same-sex marriage becomes ambiguous.
    US Supreme Court puts Utah gay marriage on hold, pending an appeal from the state.
  • January 5
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    The stay on same-sex marriage ban is officially set to expire on January 5th 2015, allowing same sex couples to marry from this date forward.
  • January 1
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    No
  • Homosexual activity becomes legal.
    No
  • Homosexual activity becomes male illegal, female legal.
    10 years punishment
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    No
  • Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    No
  • Blood donations by MSMs becomes banned (1-year deferral).
    After a review, the 5 years deferral was reduced to 12 months deferral.
  • Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    No
  • Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    No
  • Equal age of consent becomes equal.
    Since 2014
  • (date unknown)
    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.
  • January 1
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    No
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    No
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes no protections.
    Under Hates Crimes.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    No
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
    No
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    in all areas since 2014.
  • LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    No
  • Conversion therapy becomes banned.
    Banned nationwide.

LGBT Organizations Founded in 2014

  • Day of Silence NZ Campaign FaviconDay of Silence NZ Campaign
    The Day of Silence Campaign is a non-violent protest for high school aged students, which aims to draw attention to the silencing effect on youth due to homophobic and…
  • Same Love FaviconSame Love
    Global
    Providing support for LGBTQIA and their parents and families. - Telephonic counselling - Face-to-face counselling & referrals - Factual information & resources - Talks and…
  • Rainbow Campaign FaviconRainbow Campaign
    Rainbow Campaign's mission is to harmonize the LGBT community behind projects, causes, and campaigns that make individual and group dreams come true. We believe that by…
  • Rainbow Campaign | The LGBT Crowdfunding Network FaviconRainbow Campaign | The LGBT Crowdfunding Network
    Global
    As the LGBT Crowdfunding Network, Rainbow Campaign’s mission is to harmonize the global LGBT community behind meaningful and unique campaigns that unlock mutual value and make…