Most historians agree that there is evidence of homosexual activity throughout much of documented history. However, there was little formal study of homosexuali...
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...th this encouragement, homosexuality has reached its highest point of cultural and social acceptability. Celebrity performers, both gay and heterosexual, have been among the most vocal activists, calling for tolerance and equal rights. As a result of hard work by countless organizations and individuals, with the help of the massively expanding Internet community, the 21st century has heralded new legal gains for gay and lesbian couples. Same-sex civil unions were recognized under Vermont law in 2000, and Massachusetts became the first state to perform same-sex marriages in 2003. With the end of state sodomy laws (Lawrence v. Texas, 2003), gay Americans were finally free from criminal classification. Gay marriage is now legal in 21 countries, including the United States, although the recognition of gay marriage by church and state continues to divide opinion worldwide.
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