The Morning Pride: April 24, 2013

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"The Morning Pride: April 24, 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.

- White House Press Secretary Jay Carney couldn’t identify one step President Obama has taken in the past year on behalf of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

- One of the Democratic swing votes in Minnesota, state Sen. Kent Eken (DFL), has committed to supporting the marriage equality bill.

- The chair of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus, state Rep. Ken Dunkin (D), has signed on as a co-sponsor of the pending marriage equality legislation.

- LISTEN: During Tuesday’s marriage equality debate, Delaware state Rep. Melanie George Smith (D) effectively debunked all of the claims made by anti-gay Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Jordan Lorence.

- Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) thinks allowing gay Boy Scout leaders is just like when former Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) sent sexually explicit messages to teenage male congressional pages.

- Meanwhile, the anti-gay Witherspoon Institute claimed that lifting the Scouts’ ban on gay Scouts and leaders would push “bizarre and self-destructive” homosexuality.

- The Idaho Transportation Department will now allow transgender people to change their gender designation without a note from a surgeon.

- Iowa state Sen. Dennis Guth (R) defended his recent anti-gay screed, explaining he’s received “vehemenent” attacks for it.

- Duke University will begin offering health insurance coverage to transgender students.

- A transgender student at a central Pennsylvania high school wanted to run for prom king, but the principal arbitrarily decided to list him as a prom queen candidate under his legal name instead of a king candidate under his chosen name, because of “tradition.”

- Meet Alan Gendreau, who is openly gay, was a star kicker at Middle Tennessee State, and is now vying for a chance to play for the NFL.

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