1993 in LGBT rights

This is a list of notable events in the history of LGBT rights that took place in the year 1993.

List of years in LGBT rights (table)


  • Sodomy laws in the Republic of Ireland are repealed.
  • Minnesota bans private-sector discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, becoming the first U.S. state to enact a law addressing transgender civil rights.[1]


  • 15 — In U.S. state of Colorado, district court judge Jeffrey Bayless issues a temporary injunction in Romer v. Evans, preventing Amendment 2 from becoming part of the state constitution.



  • 5 — In Baehr v. Lewin, the Hawaii Supreme Court rules that denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples constitutes discrimination based on sex under the Hawaii Constitution. The court remands the case to the trial court to determine whether the state had a "compelling" state interest in barring such marriages.[2][3]


  • 19 — Colorado's Supreme Court upholds an injunction issued by a district court in January against Amendment 2 and sends it back to the district court to be scrutinized.



  • 1 — A court orders the federal government of Canada to grant a gay federal worker spousal and bereavement benefits equal to those heterosexual employees receive.
  • 7 — In the United States, the AFL-CIO labor union passes a resolution to oppose the repeal of gay rights laws.



See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Current Issues
  2. ^ Eskridge, p. 5
  3. ^ Baehr v. Lewin, 852 P.2d 44 (Hawaii Supreme Court 1993-05-05).
  4. ^ "San Francisco: Baptist Church Becomes Target in the Culture Wars". ChristianityToday.com. Retrieved 2 February 2021.
  5. ^ "Voters have their say on zoning, taxes, smut". The Milwaukee Sentinel. Sentinel wire services. 1996-11-05. p. 3A. Retrieved 2010-07-26. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Gallagher, John (1994-02-08). "Battle without end?". The Advocate. p. 24. Retrieved 2010-07-28. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)


  • Eskridge, Jr., William N. (1996). The Case for Same-Sex Marriage: From Sexual Liberty to Civilized Commitment. New York City, The Free Press, a Division of Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-684-82404-3.