1955: In San Francisco, four lesbian couples, including Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin, found the Daughters of Bilitis, the first homophile organization exclusively for women.
1982: The Oklahoma Supreme Court awards custody of two boys to their divorced gay father, declaring homosexuality isn’t in itself grounds for ruling a parent unfit.
1993: Married … with Children‘s Amanda Bearse talks about being a lesbian in an Advocate interview. She is the first prime time television star to come out.
1996: United States President Bill Clinton signs the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) into law. DOMA allows individual states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions and creates federal definitions for the terms “marriage” and “spouse”.
2010: New York Governor David Paterson signs a bill into law allowing unmarried couples, including same-sex couples, to adopt children. The new law also replaces the term “husband and wife” with the gender-neutral “married couple.”