March 2 in LGBTQ History

1976: Mayor George Sullivan of Anchorage, Alaska vetoes a municipal civil rights ordinance that would have extended protections in housing and employment to LGBT people, proclaiming that the “people of Anchorage should not be forced to associate with sexual deviates.”

1982: Wisconsin becomes the first U.S. state to outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

1985: The FDA licenses the first HIV blood test.

2002: Jason West, mayor of New Paltz, New York was charged with 19 criminal counts of solemnizing marriages without a license. West had solemnized a number of same-sex marriages in his town.

2011: The Wyoming Senate votes down House Bill 74, which would have banned recognition of same-sex marriages performed out-of-state.

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