US Presidents Decoded: 49 Milestones in LGBT History

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BILL CLINTON, 42ND US PRESIDENT (1993-2001) 	1993 The President’s attempt at lifting ban on homosexuals serving in military becomes “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” 	1995 Kelli Peterson establishes the Gay/Straight Alliance in Salt Lake City Utah. 	1996 Romer v. Evans was a historic victory for gay rights in that the Supreme Court rules that states can’t prohibit the enactment of civil rights legislation to protect the rights of homosexuals. 	1996 The Defense of Marriage Act [DOMA] is passed in Congress, defining marriage as a union between a woman and man. 	1996 Baehr v. Miike: Court rules that the state of Hawaii must issue marriage licenses to same sex couples. 	1997 The President backs expanding the definition of hate crimes to include gay, lesbian, female and disabled. 	1998 Gay student Matthew Shepard is killed in Laramie, Wyoming (ironically enough the “equality state) in a bias attack that led to hate crime legislation in the state.

BILL CLINTON, 42ND US PRESIDENT (1993-2001) 1993 The President’s attempt at lifting ban on…