In a major step forward for HIV research, yesterday President Obama signed the HIV Organ Policy Equity Act into law. The passage of the HOPE Act could potentially save thousands of lives, by allowing people who are HIV+ to receive organ donations from other people who are HIV+ as well. Since the 1980′s it has been illegal to even study if transplants between HIV+ people are even possible. However now under the HOPE Act, that research is possible.
New Jersey Senate Democrats and sticking up for what is right, and starting the process to override Gov. Chris Christie’s veto on last year’s equal marriage bill. Some believe they don’t have the total number of votes needed to override the bill, and argue that to fail a vote makes you look weak. I respectfully disagree. At the very least, it keeps equality on the minds of New Jersey’s people, and gets the Republicans on the record for voting no. No more wishy-washing! You can watch a video of Sen. President Stephen Sweeney’s announcement after the jump.
Minnesota is on the verge of joining the future with Delaware and becoming the 12th state in the U.S. to pass marriage equality. Thursday the Minnesota House of Representatives passed the marriage equality bill, so next stop is the Senate on Monday! Best part is, it’s expected to pass with bipartisan support.
They’re falling like dominoes!
New Zealand’s Parliament is getting ready to vote on a marriage equality bill this Wednesday, and join a rapidly increasing collection of nations who provide equal rights for its gay citizens. From Television New Zealand:
Labour MP Louisa Wall’s marriage equality member’s bill is due to have its third reading in Parliament on Wednesday night. The bill passed its committee stages with 77 votes to 43 last month and little change was anticipated for the final vote.
[...] Green MP Kevin Hague said there had been a groundswell of support not only from same-sex communities but from straight people as well. “I just feel enormously grateful to them because they have no personal stake in it, they just say this is the right thing to do.”
Edit: The blog has been updated with a video from the AP, check it out after the jump!
This makes Uruguay the 12th nation to treat its citizens equally nationwide, following the likes of; Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, and Sweden!
State Rep. Ed Sullivan Jr. of Mundelein, Illinois, decided he will side with history and equality when he announced his support for Illinois’ same-sex marriage bill on Sunday. After previously opposing civil unions and same-sex marriage, what changed his mind? Well we have his mother-in-law to thank. From the Chicago Tribune:
Sullivan, who is chairman of the House Republican campaign organization, said his decision to back same-sex marriage represented a personal and family evolution on the issue. Previously an opponent of civil unions, Sullivan told the Tribune that his mother-in-law, who lives in the southwest suburbs, has been in a same-sex relationship.
This is some big news for Minnesota! Republican Senator Branden Petersen is breaking new ground in Minnesota by becoming the first Republican legislator to not only publicly support marriage equality, but he is also preparing to co-sponsor a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in his state!
“At this point, I am concerned about doing the right thing,” said Petersen, an Andover resident who is married and has two young children. “I have a certain amount of peace about that, and I will let the chips fall where they may.”