The Morning Pride: March 18, 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 Green Street United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina has announced it will stop performing all marriages until same-sex couples are allowed to marry.

– Mega-donor Foster Friess, best known for supporting Rick Santorum and encouraging women to use an aspirin for contraception (between their knees), has taken a more moderate position on LGBT issues, wondering how society can be safer for gay people.

– Texas state lawmakers are once again trying to ban transgender marriage.

– Testifying against Nebraska’s proposed LGBT nondiscrimination protections, a Harvard-trained MD named Dr. Louis Safranek testified that gay men are sluts, and thus don’t deserve protection under the law.

– The Montana House Judiciary Committee is considering voting to repeal the state’s unconstitutional sodomy laws, but the same committee killed that repeal effort in 2011.

– The National Organization for Marriage in Rhode Island has endorsed a referendum to pass marriage equality in the state, probably because it also includes religious protections so broad that any small business could refuse to serve same-sex couples.

– Here’s what the American Family Association happens to believe about gay Boy Scouts.

– Should transgender minors be pursuing surgical solutions?

– Cincinnati’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade refused to let GLSEN participate because “it’s an Irish Catholic parade and we don’t want any members of the gay and lesbian community to be affiliated.”

– Why did Microsoft, which has supported LGBT equality, sponsor CPAC?

– A South Korean court has ruled that transgender people can change their gender on their official documents without needing surgery.

– A twitter exchange revealed a plethora of transgender superheroes.