"The Morning Pride: December 10, 2012"
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– The Minnesota couple that challenged the state’s ban on same-sex marriage in 1967 is still together over 40 years later.
– Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (DFL) has said he would sign a marriage equality bill if it reached his desk.
– A woman in West Virginia cannot get a valid driver’s license because the state refuses to recognize her legal name change on her District of Columbia same-sex marriage certificate.
– The Charlottesville community held a vigil this weekend for a missing transgender teen.
– The University of Pennsylvania student government is considering a new initiative to make it easier for trans and international students to use their preferred names on non-legal documents like class rosters.
– Tufts University will now allow religious groups on campus to discriminate against LGBT students, even if they accept student organization funding.
– Morehouse College, an all-male historically black college, will soon offer its first LGBT-themed course.
– Students at UC Berkeley are urging administrators to ban the Salvation Army from campus because of its anti-gay policies and beliefs.
– Conservatives will boast the large protests against marriage equality in France, but 65 percent of French people support marriage equality.
– British Conservatives and Tories have launched a new campaign to rally support for marriage equality.
– Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says the country does not need a law banning gay “propaganda.”
– In the first application of the country’s new anti-discrimination law, a Chilean motel has been fined for refusing service to a same-sex couple.
-Brazil is becoming more accepting of transgender models.
– The UFC has crowned its first female champion and signed its first openly gay fighter.
– Watch two prominent LGBT leaders, Elizabeth Birch and Chad Griffin, discuss the Supreme Court’s decision to weigh in on same-sex marriage: