Culture shift re:
homosexuality, bisexuality, etc.
Events during 2009-SEP illustrating
cultural shifts about sexual minorities
The acronym SSM refers to same-sex marriage;
GLBT refers to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual persons.
2009-SEP-01: VT: Same-sex marriages begin: As of midnight on the
morning of SEP-01, same-sex marriages became available in Vermont. 1More details.
2009-SEP-08: CA: "Harvey Milk Day" bill passes legislature: The
California State Legislature sent Senate Bill 572 to Governor Arnold
Schwarzenegger for signature. It proclaims MAY-22 as the annual Harvey Milk
Day. Milk was the first openly gay politician in California. The bill also
encourages public schools to conduct commemorative exercises and programs that
discuss Milk's achievements. The vote passed on a strict party-line voting
with all Democrats in favor and all Republicans opposed.
2009-SEP-09: CA: "Marriage Recognition & Family Protection Act" passes
legislature: Bill SB 54 passed the full California Assembly on SEP-03 with
a vote of 44 to 27 (62%). It passed the state Senate with a vote of 23 to 14
(62%) on SEP-09. It is now on Governor Schwarzenegger desk for signature or
"This bill would clarify California family law to explicitly recognize
marriages of same-sex couples performed out-of-state prior to November 5,
2008. The bill would also explicitly recognize marriages of same-sex couples
performed out-of-state after that date as carrying all the same rights and
responsibilities that spouses receive although without the designation of
2009-SEP-15: Bill introduced to repeal
federal DOMA: Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Jared
Polis (D-CO), John Conyers (D-MI), John Lewis (D-GA.), Nydia Velazquez (D-NY)
and Barbara Lee (D-CA), filed a bill in the U.S. House to create the
Respect for Marriage Act. It initially has 91 co-sponsors, and would
repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
This would allow all loving committed married couples in the U.S.
access to the same 1,100 or so federal programs -- whether they be of the
opposite-sex or same-sex. 4
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
Patrick B. Craine, "Same-Sex 'Marriages' Begin Today in Vermont,"
LifeSiteNews.com, 2009-SEP-01, at:
"SB 54 | Marriage Recognition and Family Protection Act," Equality
"FACT SHEET: Marriage Recognition and Family Protection Act (SB 54),"
Equality California, at:
"Joe My God," "Rep. Jerrold Nadler's DOMA Repeal Bill Filed in U.S. House
With 91 Co-Sponsors," 2009-SEP-15, at:
Copyright © 2009 by Ontario
Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Initial posting: 2009-SEP-02
Latest update: 2009-SEP-15
Author: B.A. Robinson