The turn of the century marked a major milestone in the fight for LGBT rights. In the early 2000s, same-sex marriage was legalized in several countries, including the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, and Spain. This was a major victory for the LGBT community, as it allowed same-sex couples to enjoy the same rights and privileges as heterosexual couples.
In the United States, the fight for same-sex marriage was a long and arduous one. In 2003, Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage. This was followed by Connecticut in 2008 and Iowa in 2009. In 2010, California briefly legalized same-sex marriage before it was overturned by Proposition 8.
In 2013, the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which had previously defined marriage as between one man and one woman. This ruling paved the way for same-sex marriage to be legalized in all 50 states. In 2015, the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples had a constitutional right to marry in all 50 states. This ruling was a major victory for LGBT rights activists and marked a major milestone in the fight for equality.
Since then, there have been numerous advances in LGBT rights. In 2017, Germany became the 15th country to legalize same-sex marriage. In 2018, Australia followed suit and became the 26th country to do so.
The fight for LGBT rights is far from over, but it is clear that progress has been made in recent years. The legalization of same-sex marriage in many countries is a major victory for LGBT rights activists and a sign of progress towards greater acceptance and equality.