Gay Marriage - Look How Far We've Come

In 19 countries over the world, gay marriage is now legal - and rightly so! Despite still needing the rest of the world to follow suit, The S Word thought it only appropriate to celebrate this milestone with our timeline of some of the biggest triumphs in LGBT history. Enjoy and spread the love!

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    In the beginning

    Way back when, Roman Emperor Hadrian (famous for building Hadrian's Wall) was the first Emperor to be open about his homosexuality. He even made his lover Antinous his official consort and after his death, named a city in Egypt after him.

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    It's our problem-free philosophy

    Philosopher Jeremy Bentham was one of the first people to argue for the decriminalization of sodomy in the UK, saying that 'homosexual acts did not weaken men nor threaten population nor marriage'. Nice one, J.

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    Getting things movin'

    Despite having a bit of an odd name, the Order Of Chaeronea was founded as the first homosexual rights group in England in 1897.

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    I wanna take you to a gay bar

    In 1912, London's first ever gay pub was opened.

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    Trans breakthroughs!

    In 1936, 30 year old Mark Weston transitioned from female to male. L.R. Broster, the surgeon who treated him here on Harley Street in London, said 'Mark Weston, who has always been brought up as a female, is a male and should continue to live as such'.

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    Pressure, pushing down on me

    The Homosexual Law Reform Committee was founded in 1964, putting pressure on the British government to decriminalize being gay.

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    Hooray! A start...

    The Sexual Offences Act 1967 decriminalized homosexual activity between two men over the ages of 21, with the age been lowered to 16 some years later.

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    Baby, baby baby oooohhhh

    In 2002, same-sex couples are granted the same rights to adopt as heterosexual couples.

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    It must be love

    The first civil partnership took place on December 5th 2005

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    ...and with many more to come!

    19 countries have now legalized gay marriage, with many others taking steps in the same direction!

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