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February in LGBT History

February 1, 2012 – The Washington Senate passes a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, by a vote of 28-21. On February 8, 2012, the House approves the measure by a vote of 55-43. The bill is signed into law in Washington by Governor Christine Gregoire on February 13, 2012.

Feb 2, 2021—Pete Buttigieg was confirmed by the Senate with a vote of 86-13 to become the next Transportation Secretary. He is now the first-ever openly LGBTQ Cabinet member confirmed by the full Senate.

On February 13, 2012, Governor Christine Gregoire signed legislation that established full marriage rights for same-sex couples in the state of Washington. Opponents mounted a challenge that required voters to approve the statute at a referendum, which they did on November 6. The law took effect on December 6, and the first marriages were celebrated on December 9. Within a couple of days, more than 600 marriage licenses were issued to same-sex couples in King County alone.

Feb 6, 1995—Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story is a 1995 American television film that aired on NBC on February 6, 1995 and stars Glenn Close and Judy Davis. The film recounts the events in the life of Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer which led to her retirement[1] from the Washington National Guard under the U.S. military’s gay exclusion policy.

Feb 7, 2012—The ninth court of appeals affirms that California’s anti-gay marriage initiative know as Proposition 8, was unconstitutional. On February 7, 2012, a three-judge panel on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a 2–1 majority opinion affirming the judgment in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, which declared Proposition 8 unconstitutional, saying it violated the Equal Protection Clause.

February 8, 2015 – Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore instructs probate judges not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The following day, some Alabama probate judges, including in Montgomery County, begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Others follow the instructions of Moore. On February 12, Judge Granade instructs Probate Judge Don Davis, of Mobile County, Alabama, to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

Feb 8, 1994—The European Parliament affirms that gays & lesbians are entitled to equal rights, including the right to marry.

February 17, 2012 – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoes a bill legalizing same-sex marriage.

February 23, 2012 – The Maryland Senate passes a bill to legalize same-sex marriage and Governor Martin O’Malley promises to sign it into law. The law goes into effect on January 1, 2013.

February 12, 2014 – US District Judge John G. Heyburn II rules that Kentucky’s denial of recognition for valid same-sex marriages violates the United States Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law.

February 13, 2014 – US District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen strikes down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage.

February 12-March 11, 2004 – Nearly 4,000 same-sex couples get marriage licenses in San Francisco, but the California Supreme Court eventually orders San Francisco to stop issuing marriage licenses. The nearly 4,000 sanctioned marriages are later nullified by the California Supreme Court.

February 20, 2004 – Sandoval County, New Mexico, issues 26 same-sex marriage licenses, but they are nullified by the state attorney general the same day.

February 24, 2004 – President George W. Bush announces support for a federal constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

February 27, 2004 – New Paltz, New York Mayor Jason West performs same-sex marriages for about a dozen couples. In June, the Ulster County Supreme Court issues West a permanent injunction against marrying same-sex couples.

February 23, 2011 – The Obama Administration instructs the Justice Department to stop defending the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act in court.

Feb 25, 1982—Wisconsin became the first state to pass a law preventing discrimination based on sexual orientation.

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