2005 in LGBT Rights

In 2005, there were 38 recorded legal changes made affecting LGBT people. In the previous year, there were 49 changes made and 53 in the following year. A total of 567 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 not legal.
    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.
  • September 28
    Equal age of consent becomes unequal.
    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
    Homosexuals serving openly in military becomes legal.
  • July 21
    Same-sex marriage becomes not legal.
    Homosexuality is not legal in Gambia.
  • Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment).
    Imprisonment of up to 7 years
  • 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 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.
  • 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 26
    Same-sex marriage becomes civil unions.
  • 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, but requires surgery.
    As in United Kingdom
  • Right to change legal gender becomes legal, but requires surgery.
    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, but requires surgery.
  • 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 unrecognized.
    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