Bye, Bye DOMA & A Timeline of Gay Rights Triumphs in America

gay prideThis week is a big one for gay rights in America. The Supreme Court knocked down one of the most controversial sections of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), clearing the way for gays and lesbians to get fair treatment from the federal government. Also shot down by SCOTUS was Prop 8, which prevented marriage equality in California. 

Big news. But it's worth remembering that this is not the first major fight gays and lesbians have fought ... and won ... to gain what other Americans take for granted. The battles have been going on for decades, from the historic Stonewall riots in New York City to that first marriage win in Massachusetts.

If you don't think the DOMA decision was "that big a deal," take a look back at this timeline of major moments for gay rights in America.


This has been a long, hard-fought battle. And as some straight folks in more than 30 American states still think that love is a ball you can throw around in a twisted game of monkey in the middle, this is a battle that's still being fought.

Which moments do you remember most clearly celebrating from this timeline?


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