For gay- and transgender-rights supporters, 2013 was a year that brought long-awaited rulings and long-fought-for changes in the law that set the stage for new battles over rights in 2014.
“As the year has gone on, things have gotten better and the light has gotten brighter,” said Shane’a Thomas, a USC adjunct professor of social work and an individual and family therapist specializing in LGBT issues.
The brightest light may have come in June, she said.
That’s when the Supreme Court ruled a key portion of the Defense Of Marriage Act unconstitutional, requiring the federal government to recognize state-approved gay marriages. The same day, it dismissed an appeal by a group attempting to defend California’s Proposition 8, effectively making same-sex marriage legal in the Golden State.
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