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 as well. Follow us all day on Twitter at @TPEquality.
- The IRS has ruled that sexual reassignment surgeries are now tax deductible.
- The Catholic Charities in Illinois have dropped their suit against the state to maintain their adoption and foster care contracts, despite discriminating against same-sex couples.
- Michigan state Republicans have decided to abandon the contentious religious exemptions that were recently included in an anti-bullying bill.
- After six years of stagnating, a crucial transgender nondiscrimination bill is advancing in the Massachusetts legislature.
- The National Organization for Marriage’s Ruth Institute is quite explicitly baiting African Americans to oppose same-sex adoption.
- Cincinnati’s new gay Councilman, Chris Seelbach, plans to push equal benefits to city employees with same-sex partners.
- Broadway star Cheyenne Jackson says that marrying his partner has changed his relationship for the better.