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● 1649.03 — The first known conviction for lesbian activity in North America occurs when Sarah White Norman is charged with “Lewd behaviour with each other upon a bed” with Mary Vincent Hammon in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Hammon was under 16 and not prosecuted.
● 2009.03.05-08 — A “Gay Agenda” workshop takes place in Kampala, the capital of Uganda, hosted by Pastor/Evangelist Scott Lively, ‘Ex-gay’ Caleb Lee Brundidge, and Exodus International board member Don Schmierer. The themes: How to make gay people straight; how gay men often sodomize teenage boys and how ‘the gay movement is an evil institution’ whose goal is ‘to defeat the marriage-based society and replace it with a culture of sexual promiscuity’. The conference is attended by thousands including police, members of parliament, and pastors.
● 1972.03.06 — The American Bar Association passes a resolution recommending that consensual sex acts between people of the same sex be decriminalized.
● 1987.03.07 — Archbishop O’Connor of New York demands that the Jesuit church in Manhattan that has offered a special mass for Dignity members since 1979 stop doing so. The 1,000 member group holds its last service two days later, but several members protest the decision by wearing lavender armbands and standing silently during Archbishop O’Connor’s sermon at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
● 2000.03.07 — California voters approve Proposition 22, a preemptive measure stating that California will not recognize same-sex marriages, even if the marriages take place in states that permit them.
● 1778.03.11 — Lt. Gotthold Enslin is the first U.S. soldier to be dismissed for homosexuality.
● 2012.03.14 — The lawsuit Sexual Minorities Uganda v. Scott Lively is filed.
● 1971.03.18 — Idaho repeals its sodomy law, then re-instates it because of outrage among Mormons and Catholics.
● 1995.03.18 — The Archbishop of Canterbury issues the following statement: “We reject homophobia in any form.”
● 2004.03.23 — Benton County, Oregon bans all marriages—gay and heterosexual—until the state decides who can and who cannot wed.
● 1975.03.26 — A county clerk in Boulder Colorado issues a marriage license to two gay men shortly after the local district attorney’s office ruled that there were no county laws preventing two people of the same sex from marrying.
● 1977.03.26 — Focus on the Family is founded by James Dobson.