Culture shift re:
homosexuality, bisexuality, etc.
Events during 2010-March illustrating
cultural shifts about sexual minorities
The acronym SSM refers to same-sex marriage;
GLBT refers to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual persons.
- 2010-MAR-04: Washington DC: Same-sex couples register for marriage licenses: The District of Columbia became the sixth political jurisdiction in the U.S. and the 19th political jurisdiction in North America to leglaize same-sex marriages. More details.
- 2010-MAR-04: Costa Rica: Ten Costa Ricans have turned in over 130,000 signatures of registered voters asking for a referendum on legalizing SSM. If they meet the minimum number of 5% of the registered voters, the referendum could appear in the mayoral elections in December. 1
- 2010-MAR-05: Mexico: Same-sex couples register for marriage licenses: Homosexual and bisexual couples registered for marriage licenses starting today. Latin Americas first same-sex marriage law took effect today. They will be able to use their licenses in a week to ten days after the paperwork is processed. This raised the number of jurisdictions -- provinces, territories, states and a district -- offering marriage equality in North America to 20. 2
- 2010-MAR-09: Washington DC: Same-sex couples began marrying: In excess of 1,500 marriage licenses were sold to same-sex couples in Washington on the first day that they became available last week. Today was the first day that they were allowed to marry. CNN and other news outlets carried brief segments of happy couples getting married.
- 2010-MAR-25: Washington DC: Senate rejects amendment to veto SSM in Washinton: Senator Robert Bennett (R-UT), a well known champion of restricted rights for LGBT persons, sponsored a bill to stop same-sex marriages in Washington DC and require a referendum by the Washington voters on election day during 2010-NOV on whether same-sex marriage would be resumed. All of the Democratic senators, both Independent senators and two Republican Senators voted against the bill. All the rest of the Republicans voted in favor. The final vote was 59 to 36 against the amendment. Same-sex marriages continue unimpeded in the District of Columbia. More details.
- 2010-MAR-28: USA: Pentagon makes a major change to its Don't Ask Don't Tell policy: The Pentagon will limit the use of third-party accusations when investigating service members. This will make it more difficult for the military to expel gay and lesbian troops who were outed by others. More details.
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
- "Costa Rica may see same-sex-marriage referendum," Baltimore Gay Life, 2010-MAR-04. This report was available at: http://www.baltimoregaylife.com/, but is no longer online.
- "Mexico: Homosexuals rush for marriage permit," The Toronto Star, 2010-MAR-05, Page A22.
Copyright © 2010 by Ontario
Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Initial posting: 2010-MAR-04
Latest update: 2010-APR-28
Author: B.A. Robinson