Gay Rights History: Looking Back At The Movement's Defining Moments (PHOTOS)

AS WE HEAD into the anniversary of our nation’s independence, gay Americans can count two new freedoms — this week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled both the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8 unconstitutional. While gay rights victories have quickened to a steady stream of late, neither historic win would have been possible without the years of battles, large and small, preceding them. Starting with the 1969 Stonewall riots that catalyzed the LGBT movement, we take you through some of the biggest moments in gay rights — and American — history.

This story appears in the special July 4 issue of our weekly iPad magazine, Huffington, in the iTunes App store, available Friday, June 28.

Gay Rights Movement Through The Years