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The Morning Pride: May 21, 2012

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Welcome to The Morning Pride, ThinkProgress LGBT’s daily round-up of the latest in LGBT policy, politics, and some culture too! Here’s what we’re reading this morning, but please let us know what stories you’re following as well. Follow us all day on Twitter at @TPEquality.

- Politico points out that President Obama’s support for marriage equality doesn’t mean he doesn’t still have work to do to support the LGBT community.

- In Kansas, 42 percent agree with Obama’s position on the freedom to marry, while 55 disagree.

- Gay rights activists are urging leniency in the sentencing of Dharun Ravi, who was found guilty of a hate crime for spying on his college roommate, Tyler Clementi, who later committed suicide.

- Maryland and Washington are already hosting same-sex wedding expos.

- Michigan lawmakers signed resolutions praising the Kalamazoo YWCA’s “Women of Achievement,” but several Republicans conspicuously slighted honoree Jeni Shoub who had supported LGBT college students.

- Meet the five binational same-sex couples who are suing the government for the right to stay together.

- A high school student in Maryland has been suspended for showing up for class in drag.

- The Southern Poverty Law Center is helping defend a Tennessee high school student who was prevented from wearing a rainbow t-shirt because the assistant principal believes it promotes gay sex.

- Vote now for the ten finalists in the Born This Way Foundation poster contest.

- Sir Richard Branson has endorsed marriage equality.

- Carly Rae Jepsen (of the earworm “Call Me Maybe”) supports LGBT equality.

- Anderson Cooper dominated on Jeopardy on Friday, winning $50,000 for The Trevor Project:

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