India's Supreme Court on Wednesday reinstated a colonial-era law banning gay sex, which had been thrown out by a lower court in 2009. The ruling was seen as a major setback for gay rights in the world's largest democracy and shocked activists, who had expected the court to uphold the decision made four years ago.
Wedding bells will start ringing for same-sex couples in New Jersey after the state Supreme Court rejected the governor's attempt to block the unions.
Superior Court judge Mary C. Jacobson ruled that the state will start granting same-sex wedding licenses starting on Monday.
Continued enforcement of the federal statute that excluded same-sex couples from military benefits "would likely have a tangible adverse effect on the families of veterans and, in some circumstances, active-duty service members and reservists, with respect to survival, health-care, home loan and other benefits," says Attorney General Eric Holder.
"The situation is in no way acceptable, and I cannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly."
Although the International Olympic Committee has promised that athletes and tourists at Russia's 2014 Sochi Games will not be subject to the country's recently passed anti-gay legislation, a Russian lawmaker is saying otherwise.