December 3 in LGBTQ History

1968: The Reverend Troy Perry officiates at what is probably the first public same-sex union ceremony in the U.S. for two Latino gay men at Metropolitan Community Church of Los Angeles, then located at 6205 Miles Avenue in Huntington Park, California.

1993: The state senate of Massachusetts passes a bill that protects the civil rights of lesbian and gay students in public schools.

1996: In Baehr v. Miike Hawaii judge Kevin S.C. Chang rules in favor of the plaintiffs and enjoins the state of Hawaii from refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The following day Chang stays his ruling, acknowledging the “legally untenable” position couples would be in should the Hawaii Supreme Court reverse him on appeal.

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