The Morning Pride: January 8, 2013

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.

– The Supreme Court will hear the Proposition 8 and Defense of Marriage Act cases March 26 and 27, respectively.

– A small group of African-American ministers in Illinois are once again trying to drive a racial wedge on marriage equality, but one lawmaker calls their vow of backlash an “empty threat.”

– The Advocate is returning to newsstands after being subscription-only for more than two years.

– Gallaudet University has reinstated Angela McCaskill, its chief diversity officer, after controversially suspending her last year for supporting the referendum challenging marriage equality law in Maryland.

– An eastern Alabama teen has been charged with planning an attack on classmates who were black or gay.

– A transgender teacher is suing the Catholic school that employed him for 32 years for branding him as “worse than gay” for the feminine ways he expressed himself.

Turkey’s new draft still discriminates against and punishes LGBT people for their “unnatural intercourse.”

– A judge in Cameroon has acquitted two men were sentenced to five years in prison for “looking gay” and ordering Bailey’s Irish Cream.

– Photographer Maika Elan captures some intimate portrayals of same-sex couples in Vietnam.