Welcome to The Morning Pride, ThinkProgress LGBT’s 8:45 AM round-up of the latest in LGBT policy, politics, and some culture too! Here’s what we’re reading this morning, but let us know what you’re checking out too.
- According to a new report from the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center, a majority of states which allow ballot initiatives receive a failing grade on fairness and transparency.
- The Washington Post editorial board condemned the recent decision that Anthony John Makk could no longer stay in the country to take care of his partner of 19 years because the Defense of Marriage Act does not recognize their relationship.
- The GOP race’s newest entrant, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, announced he will help fundraise for Cornerstone Action, New Hampshire’s affiliate of the Family Research Council, an anti-gay hate group.
- Anoka-Hennepin School District continues to spend tax-payer dollars defending its dangerous “neutrality” policyon sexual orientation.
- New details have come out in the case of Rutgers student Dharun Ravi, who spied on his roommate Tyler Clementi being intimate with a same-sex partner, which many believe led Clementi to commit suicide.
- A transgender woman has settled her suit with the San Francisco Department of Motor Vehicles for $50,000. When she had gone there to record her sex change, she received a letter saying homosexual acts were “an abomination that leads to hell.”
- A city in Brazil has imposed a fine for anything “distributing materials designed to induce children to become homosexuals.”
- A gay Malaysian pastor plans to marry his American partner in New York then throw a huge wedding banquet in his home country, despite criticism from government politicians.
- Over the weekend, homophobia continued to escalate in Ghana as Christians from various denominations held a large anti-gay protest, featuring signs like “Speak against Gayism,” “Avoid Gayism,” and “Don’t do it, it is wrong.”