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COMMENTARY: 2013 shapes up to be a significant year for LGBT Americans

Turns out 2012 was a whale of a year for LGBT Americans:

Record number of LGBT victories in state, national elections.

Gay, lesbian service members no longer in the closet.

5 LGBT religious advances in 2012.

10 famous allies who came out for equality in 2012.

Already, 2013 is shaping up to be historical in context for the LGBT community.

This week, Illinois and Rhode Island lawmakers are taking up marriage equality. I previewed upcoming action on same-sex marriage in this cover story: Dreaming big: Gay guide to the state of marriage equality in the U.S.

Then in March, the U.S. Supreme Court will take up the Proposition 8 case as well as the Edie Windsor case involving the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

The justices will rule by the end of June on the two cases, crucial decisions that could legalize marriage equality nationwide or ban it universally, or find a solution that would be far less controversial.

Needless to say, LGBT Americans are eager to see how all this plays out.

Ken Williams is Editor in Chief of SDGLN. He can be reached at ken@sdgln.com, @KenSanDiego on Twitter, or by calling toll-free to 888-442-9639, ext. 713.