August 4 in LGBTQ History

1982: In France, the Age of Consent for same-sex acts is lowered from 21 to 15, the same as for heterosexual acts.

2010: Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker rules that Proposition 8, the 2008 referendum that banned same-sex marriage in California, violates the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause.

2011: President Barack Obama signs a proclamation ordering the State Department to bar from entry into the United States anyone who has engaged in oppression against various groups, including those defined by  “sexual orientation or gender identity.”

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