-A Republican candidate for US Senate in Illinois spreads rumors about his primary opponent’s sexual orientation.

-Rwanda takes a step toward decriminalizing homosexuality.

-The US Senate confirms the country’s first openly gay US Marshal.

-Jonathan Rauch reviews the progress and setbacks of the marriage equality movement in 2009.

-Jose Maria Di Bello and Alex Freyre become the first gay couple to legally marry in Latin America.

-The Netherlands to extend marriage equality to the Dutch Caribbean Islands.

-The Pakistani Supreme Court legally recognizes transgendered individuals.

-Pop star Jason Mraz speaks out in favor of marriage equality.

-Fifteen gay couples ring in the new year by marrying in New Hampshire.

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