06-17-2008 Same-sex couples begin marrying in California. Between this date and before the passing of Prop. 8, over 18,000 same-sex couples married in the state.
06-17-2014 On this day the U.S. Senate made history with its vote to confirm Darrin Gayles to the U.S. district Court for the Southern District of Florida. Gayles, who was confirmed 98-0, is the first openly gay African-American man to be confirmed to the federal bench. Also confirmed on this day was Staci Yandle to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, by a vote of 52-44. She is the first African-American lesbian federal judge in two decades and the second one in the nation’s history.