Late yesterday the U.S. Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2014, which includes important language directing the Secretary of Defense to issue a report on Department of Defense personnel policies regarding members of the armed services who have HIV or Hepatitis B. The U.S. House of Representatives approved the bill last week.
As early as January 6, the Indiana legislature may consider passing HJR-6, which would place on the November 2014 ballot an amendment to enshrine in the Indiana Constitution a ban on the freedom to marry for same-sex couples.
Today, a federal court ordered the Cook County Clerk's office to immediately issue marriage licenses to all Illinois same-sex couples who, because of a life-threatening illness, cannot wait until next summer to get married.
2013 will be remembered as the year the country took a quantum leap forward in securing access to quality healthcare. Implementation of the Affordable Care Act was a major victory for LGBT people and those with HIV.
This week, India's Supreme Court overturned an earlier ruling by the Delhi High Court that had decriminalized sexual intimacy between same-sex adults. In 2009, the Delhi High Court ruled Section 377 of the India Penal Code unconstitutional because it denied rights to a certain set of citizens.