2002 in LGBT rights

This is a list of notable events in the history of LGBT rights that took place in the year 2002.

List of years in LGBT rights (table)


  • Sweden legalizes adoption for same-sex couples, making Sweden's registered partnership nearly identical to marriage, with the exception of right to marriage in a church.
  • US state of New York bans sexual orientation discrimination in the private sector.[1]
  • Tony Knowles, governor of the U.S. state of Alaska, issues an executive order banning sexual orientation discrimination in the public sector.[2]


  • 28 – Homosexuality is decriminalized in the People's Republic of China, as the newly amended Marriage Law avoids this topic.





  • 4 – In Hungary, the Constitutional Court repeals §199 of the penal code, equalising the age of consent for both heterosexual and homosexual activity at 14.
  • 10 – In Du Toit v Minister of Welfare and Population Development, the Constitutional Court of South Africa rules that same-sex couples must be allowed to adopt children jointly.[6]
  • 22 – In Switzerland, voters in the canton of Zurich vote 63% to 37% to give same-sex couples the same legal rights as married opposite-sex couples. This includes tax, inheritance, and social security benefits. These rights are only given to same-sex couples who live in Zurich canton and who register with the government, promising to live together and support each other for six months.



See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act (SONDA)". Archived from the original on June 17, 2007. Retrieved June 12, 2007.
  2. ^ Lambda Legal: Alaska
  3. ^ (in German) Entwurf des Änderungsgesetzes zum NS-Aufhebungsgesetz – Bundestagdrucksache 14/8276 (archived)
  4. ^ UN HRC views in case No. 902/1999
  5. ^ "ConCourt rules in favour of gays". News24. SAPA. July 25, 2002. Archived from the original on September 30, 2012. Retrieved November 21, 2011.
  6. ^ "Lesbians, gays can adopt children". News24. September 10, 2002. Archived from the original on September 26, 2018. Retrieved July 14, 2011.
  7. ^ "High court dismisses gay marriage bid". Pretoria News. October 18, 2002. Retrieved December 11, 2011.