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The Morning Pride: May 22, 2013

By Zack Ford on May 22, 2013 at 8:33 am

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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 Peace Corps will now accept applications from same-sex couples who wish to serve overseas together.

- Both President Clinton and President Obama have encouraged Illinois to pass marriage equality.

- Bob Vander Plaats of Iowa’s The FAMiLY Leader explains his opposition to same-sex marriage: “It’s awful.”

- Meet the closeted gay employee serving the Boy Scouts of America full time in silence.

- The British House of Commons voted 366-161 to give final approval to the marriage equality bill after amendments. (It passed the initial bill in February 400-175.) It will proceed to the House of Lords in the coming weeks.

- A new study finds widespread homophobia through the European Union — in school, work, and throughout daily life.

- A new study of Italy’s schools finds that 40 percent of straight students refuse to have gay friends.

- Graduating high school senior Ted Chalfen of Boulder, Colorado, spoke about how rewarding his school experience was because his classmates accepted him when he came out:

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