The Morning Pride: November 13, 2012

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.

– According to The Williams Institute, marriage equality in Maine, Maryland, and Washington will generate at least $166 million in wedding spending over the next three years.

– The National Organization for Marriage’s Jennifer Roback Morse has admitted that NOM is, in fact, going to take a more religious approach to its fight, and for her part, she’s going to wear a large crucifix to drive home her Catholic opposition to equality.

– Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin has approved domestic partner benefits.

West Virginia and Pennsylvania have both elected their first openly gay state legislators.

– Kevin Clash, the voice of Elmo on Sesame Street, has come out as gay, admitted he had a relationship with a young man, but denies that he violated anybody’s consent. He has taken a leave of absence pending an investigation.

– A Texas inmate has pleaded guilty to committing an anti-gay hate crime against a fellow inmate.

– Ohio news anchor Tricia Macke (FOX19 Cincinnati) has apologized for calling Rachel Maddow an “angry young man.”

– Philadelphia has broken ground on a new residence for LGBT seniors.

– Austin, Texas has elected its first openly gay school board member.

– The UK’s equalities minister has confirmed that gay couples will be prevented from using the European Convention on Human Rights to force a church to marry them.

– Uganda is going to pass the “Kill the Gays” bill by the end of the year, which Speaker Rebecca Kadaga refers to as a “Christmas gift” to the population.

– Major League Soccer has suspended Seattle’s Marc Burch for three games for calling an opponent an anti-gay slur.