Below are some links to a variety of sites looking back at the year. I will be adding Queer Thoughts Year In Review in the next few days!
INDEPTH: YEAR IN REVIEW 2004
CBC News Online December 22, 2004
The continuing U.S. occupation of Iraq saw the deaths of more than 1,000 American troops and thousands of Iraqis. Images of prisoner abuse prompted apologies from American leaders. And a bitter election year in the U.S. ended with the re-election of George W. Bush as president.
365gay - 2004 The Year In Review
2004 was the year of gay marriage - a roller coaster ride of marriages granted, denied, fought for, and begun.
Macleans - 2004: the year in review
The annual follies, from Bush to Parrish, swarming cicadas to Swedish undies
National Year In Review: Weddings and Setbacks
This was the year of marriage rights—again. And the subject is likely to cop top honors for several more years to come before the final chapter is written. But in some senses they may all seem a tad anticlimactic when compared with 2004.
A look back at the news of 2004 - Gay.com
Reacting to a landmark November 2003 ruling in Massachusetts, President Bush began 2004 by making a startling reference to what would become the defining issue of the year: same-sex marriage. During his State of the Union speech last January, he criticized the "activist judges" of Massachusetts by saying, "If judges insist on forcing their arbitrary will upon the people, the only alternative left to the people would be the constitutional process."
Canoe News - Year in Review
Conrad Black launches $850-million defamation suit against members of Hollinger International board, claiming he has been made a “loathsome laughingstock” by media coverage of accusations against him. San Francisco becomes first U.S. jurisdiction to issue marriage licences to gay couples.
LifeSiteNews.com Year in Review - 2004
This year has without doubt been the most hectic year in terms of developments in the culture wars. Other than the Bush victory which was likely the biggest newsmaker of the year, Mel Gibson's movie, The Passion of the Christ, ranked as one of the most talked about developments.