The Morning Pride: February 5, 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 Illinois Senate Executive Committee is expected to take up marriage equality today, the first day of the new session.

– As Congress’s conversations about comprehensive immigration, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) plans to reintroduce the Uniting American Families Act.

– Yesterday, Scouts for Equality delivered 1.4 million signatures calling on the Boy Scouts of America to rescind its anti-gay policy.

– The Alabama teacher who called “queers” an “abomination against God” and Michelle Obama a “big fat gorilla” has been suspended.

– A transgender woman has settled her suit with the Boston police after they allegedly humiliated her when arresting her in a homeless shelter.

– The Rhode Island Bar Association has endorsed marriage equality.

– A study suggests that straight men who watch porn are more likely to support marriage equality.

– The British Parliament is considering the second reading of the marriage equality bill in the House of Commons today. Watch the debate live here.

– The Vatican’s head of doctrine believes the Catholic Church is being persecuted just like the Jews were in World War II for its opposition to LGBT equality.

– The poor treatment concert pianist Sara Davis Buechner experienced after transitioning suggests that classical music has a transgender problem.