I'll continue with more posts about comparative law next week, but in the meantime I thought I would alert readers to this interesting development; I think it's significant both as a matter of human and democratic rights, but also as a reminder that there are issues other than marriage that many of us in the queer community find crucial, unresolved, and anxiety-inducing. It's hard to imagine a marriage worth fighting for where the people in the marriage do not have rights to bodily integrity, and the Private Manning situation shows the continuing disregard for bodily integrity—especially for sexual and gender minorities in this country—that the U.S. government perpetuates, both against its own citizens and those who are not.
UPDATE: The situation becomes murky, with this announcement apparently denying (or rescinding?) the previous announcement.
UPDATE 2: A reader of this blog alerted me to this scathing analysis of the situation by Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/apr/27/bradley-manning-sf-gay-pride.