2005 in LGBT Rights

In 2005, there were 41 recorded legal changes made affecting LGBT people. In the previous year, there were 56 changes made and 56 in the following year. A total of 587 legal changes were made in the 2000s.

  • December 27
    LGBT discrimination becomes illegal.
    State Law 3157 of December 27, 2005
  • December 18
    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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  • December 15
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    Section 110 explicitly states marriage as being a union between a man and a woman.
  • December 5
    Same-sex marriage becomes civil unions.
    Activists are trying to get this legalized. Legalized required under EU Ruling. Gay marriage legalization pending. Foreign Same Sex Marriage recognized from other countries.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes civil unions.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes civil unions.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes civil unions.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes civil unions.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes civil unions.
    Civil partnership
  • Same-sex marriage becomes civil unions.
    The Civil Partnership Act (2004). Under the Act, same-sex couples can register a civil partnership, which has almost the same legal effects, rights and obligations as marriage does for mixed-sex couples. For that reason, civil partnership is sometimes called ‘gay marriage’. However, legally, it is not marriage, but is a separate, segregated system
  • September 28
    Equal age of consent becomes n/a.
    16 for heterosexual males/females. No established age of consent for homosexual males/females, but they can be charged with engaging in consensual activity starting at age 12.
  • August
    Serving openly in military becomes legal.
    Nationwide.
  • Serving openly in military becomes legal.
    Nationwide.
  • Serving openly in military becomes legal.
    Nationwide.
  • Serving openly in military becomes legal.
  • July 21
    Same-sex marriage becomes not legal.
    Homosexuality is not legal in Gambia.
  • July 20
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    Under bill C-38.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    The Civil Marriage Act was passed at a federal level, overriding provincial marriage law.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    Civil Marriage Act 2005 (Canada)
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    Same-sex marriage in Canada became legal with The Civil Marriage Act.
  • July 16
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation and gender identity.
    National state discrimination protection pending. National Hate Crime Law Pending.
  • July 14
    LGBT employment discrimination becomes sexual orientation only.
    The Community/Union legislation (directive 2000/78) prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation in the workspace. Later on it was transferred to the Greek legal order, with law 3304/2005, almost verbatim. The greek translation of the directive and the greek law referred to sexual orientation as “genetic orientation”.
  • July 4
    Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    Under the Civil Marriage Act.
  • July 3
    Same-sex adoption becomes legal.
    Included in equal marriage legislation
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal.
    Spain legalised same-sex marriage in 2005, making them the third country to do so.
  • May 4
    Same-sex marriage becomes not legal.
    The 2005 constitution explicitly prohibits the marriage or union between two people of the same sex
  • April 13
    Same-sex marriage becomes civil unions.
    The Civil Union Act 2004 received Royal assent on 13 December 2004, allowing for same-sex couples to enter civil unions when it commenced on 13 April 2005.
  • April 8
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    Kansas voters adopted a constitutional amendment in April 2005 that said "Marriage shall be constituted by one man and one woman only" and banned granting the "rights or incidents" of marriage to other relationships.
  • April 4
    Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    Not required.
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    Missing non binary options on documents.
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    As in United Kingdom
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    The Act gives transsexual people legal recognition as members of the sex appropriate to their gender (male or female) allowing them to acquire a new birth certificate, affording them full recognition of their acquired sex in law for all purposes, including marriage.
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    Gender Recognition Act 2004
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    As in United Kingdom
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, surgery not required.
    Surgery is not required
  • March 18
    Same-sex marriage becomes unrecognized.
    Homosexuality is currently illegal.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes not legal.
    Burundian constitution prohibits same-sex marriage.
  • January 11
    Same-sex adoption becomes single only.
    it is the more open-minded places besides Nepal and tiwan. No laws in place for same sex couples.

LGBT Organizations Founded in 2005

  • Kentucky Equality Federation FaviconKentucky Equality Federation
    Kentucky Equality Federation is a public advocate for victims of discrimination, hate crimes, and school bullying. Member organizations include: Kentucky Equal Ballot Access…
  • Bisdak Pride, Inc. FaviconBisdak Pride, Inc.
    Established since 2005, Bisdak Pride, Inc. (BPI) is a product of the First Visayas-Mindanao LGBTQ Leadership Conference entitled,
  • Human Rights First Rwanda Association FaviconHuman Rights First Rwanda Association
    The Human Rights First Rwanda Association (HRFRA) is an organization aimed at promoting social justice and human rights education, provide legal assistance to poor and vulnerable…
  • Equality Kansas FaviconEquality Kansas
    Equality Kansas is a US organization whose mission is to end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Equality Kansas is working towards their mission…
  • TENI; Transgender Equality Network Ireland FaviconTENI; Transgender Equality Network Ireland
    Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) seeks to improve conditions and advance the rights and equality of trans* people and their families. Despite significant progress in…
  • Maritime Life Precious Organization  FaviconMaritime Life Precious Organization
    Support and aid to LGBTI in the western Region of Ghana.
  • Taiwan LGBT Family Rights Advocacy FaviconTaiwan LGBT Family Rights Advocacy
    Who We Are In 2005, the Taiwan LGBTQ Family Rights Advocacy began as a MSN Community of Lesbian Mothers. The group was primarily focused on the children of lesbian mothers…
  • Mitini Nepal FaviconMitini Nepal
    Mitini Nepal is a Registered LBTI Non-Government Organization that works for LGBTQI Civil and Human Rights in Nepal. It is women-led, and offers Crisis Support, Tolerance and…
  • Federaci FaviconFederaci
  • Youth Association for Development (YAD) Pakistan  FaviconYouth Association for Development (YAD) Pakistan
    Youth Association for Development (YAD) Pakistan is working for the LGBTIQ right, protecting their rights through legislative development and enforcement of legislation, as well…
  • Athens Pride FaviconAthens Pride
    Athens Pride is a completely voluntary, non-profit company, operating under the Greek Civil Code since 2006. Its primary goal is the organization of the annual Athens Pride…