The U. Same-sex sexual activity between consenting adults has been legal since the New York v. Onofre case in Same-sex marriage has been legal statewide since , with some cities recognizing domestic partnerships between same-sex couples since Discrimination protections in credit, housing, employment, education, and public accommodation have explicitly included sexual orientation since and gender identity or expression since
Gay rights in the US, state by state
The Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People | American Civil Liberties Union
Jump to navigation Skip navigation. The struggle of LGBT lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people for equal rights has moved to center stage. LGBT people are battling for their civil rights in Congress, in courtrooms and in the streets. Well-known figures are discussing their sexual orientation in public. Gay and lesbian people are featured in movies and on television - not as novelty characters, but as full participants in society. Despite these advances into the American mainstream, however, LGBT people continue to face real discrimination in all areas of life. No federal law prevents a person from being fired or refused a job on the basis of sexual orientation.
Why Sodomy Laws Matter
The gay rights movement in the United States has seen huge progress in the last century, and especially the last two decades. Laws prohibiting homosexual activity have been struck down; lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals are now allowed to serve openly in the military transgender individuals were allowed to serve openly from until March , when a new ban was put in place. And same-sex couples can now legally get married and adopt children in all 50 states.
Gay marriage, also known as same-sex marriage, is the marriage of people of the same sex or gender. In , a same-sex couple in Minnesota applied for a marriage license and was denied. The case was brought to the Minnesota Supreme Court and brought the question of civil marriage rights for same-sex couples to the public attention.