2004 in LGBT Rights

In 2004, there were 46 recorded legal changes made affecting LGBT people. In the previous year, there were 100 changes made and 65 in the following year. A total of 582 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.
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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
  • December 21
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    Same-sex marriage is legal.
  • November 9
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    Marriage is recognized by law only between a man and a woman
  • November 5
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    Queen's Bench Justice Donna Wilson Ruled It unconstitutional.
  • 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.
  • October 19
    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 male illegal, female legal.
    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. (Decriminalization pending)
  • 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.
  • September
    LGBT housing discrimination becomes sexual orientation only.
    From 2004 to 2013 the housing discrimination status was sexual orientation only in Kosovo.
  • LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation only.
    Employment discrimination status was sexual orientation only from 2004 to 2013
  • LGBT discrimination becomes illegal in some contexts.
    Sexual orientation only
  • August 25
    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. Also, In 2014, California became the first state in the U.S. to officially ban the use of gay panic and transgender panic defenses in murder trials.
  • August 11
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    Proposed on Legalizing Gay marriage by the King of Bhutan.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • May 14
    Same-sex marriage becomes varies by region.
    Legal status is extremely variable based on the individual state. Recognized at a Federal level, but not in all states, for all intents and purposes except Social Security. Social Security is based on the state of residence's recognition of marital status.
  • May 1
    Serving openly in military becomes legal.
    LGBT people are allowed to serve openly under new rules brought into place when Cyprus joined the European Union
  • March 19
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    In all of Canada
  • March 15
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, but requires surgery.
    Medical OR surgical treatment required to change legal gender.
  • 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.
    Lgbtq+ from Finland are protected from all types of discrimination
  • January 9
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, but requires surgery.
    NAC 440.130 provides allowance for persons to change gender on birth certificates and other vital records so long as a certifying physicians signs off on the persons gender identity.