1996 in LGBT Rights

In 1996, there were 21 recorded legal changes made affecting LGBT people. In the previous year, there were 21 changes made and 19 in the following year. A total of 316 legal changes were made in the 1990s.

  • November 26
    Same-sex marriage becomes foreign same-sex marriages recognized only.
    Foreign Same sex marriages recognized under EU law.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes not legal.
    Article 32 of the constitution defines marriage to be between a man and a woman.
  • November 6
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes no protections.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes ambiguous.
    Some protection under gender based discrimination under Article 17 of Basic Law. According to the World Report 2018.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    Homosexuality is illegal and as such not covered as a ground to have protection against discrimination.
  • October 16
    Same-sex marriage becomes not legal.
    State Statute defining marriage as between one man and one woman
  • August 29
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized, only same-sex marriage official.
    There is a ban on same sex marriage
  • August 24
    Same-sex marriage becomes not legal.
    Mississippi governor ordered an executive order to ban same sex marriage
  • June 28
    LGBT discrimination becomes no protections.
    No protections afforded
  • June 1
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation only.
    Federal human rights law applies directly to only federal government employment and employers which fall under federal jurisdiction. Gender identity is only implicitly protected under interpretation of the law by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. Attempts have been made to have gender identity and gender expression added as protected classes to both the Canadian Human Rights Act and Criminal Code, though none of these attempts so far has been successful. Provincial human rights acts are separate, but Supreme Court precedent exists for requiring provinces to protect the same classes as the Canadian Human Rights Act. At this time all provinces protect against employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Of the provinces only Ontario has explicit protection on the basis of both gender identity and gender expression in its human rights code, though several provide implicit protections on the basis of gender identity or "transsexualism" under the category of "sex" or "gender".
  • May 15
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    Tennessee Act of 1996 define marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
  • May 8
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    Country just got rid of the constitutional ban on gay marriage.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes not legal.
    Several provisions within the constitution, the family law and the civil code points to the definition of a marriage as being a union between a man and a woman.
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
  • Serving openly in military becomes legal.
  • April 26
    Same-sex marriage becomes civil unions.
    Recognized Denmark's registered partnership law on this date.
  • April 24
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    Since 2014.
  • Same-sex adoption becomes illegal.
    In Andorra, same-sex couples are not allowed to adopt because the adoption law only recognises this possibility for heterosexual couples.
  • March 1
    Homosexual activity becomes legal.
  • January 24
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, but requires surgery.
    Requires surgery to changes documents. Missing non binary options on documents.
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, but requires surgery.
    Gender reassignment surgeries are legal in Singapore, and in 1973 the government allowed patients to change their identity cards. This change implicitly recognized marriages that included an individual that had undergone surgery. However, later in 1990, such marriages were deemed illegal after a marriage between a woman and a transgender man (Lim Ying v Hiok Kian Ming Eric) was declared void by the High Court. In 1996, MP Abdullah Tarmugi made an announcement that individuals who have undergone surgery could marry someone of the opposite sex.