"The Morning Pride: June 26, 2013"
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– Ten years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that being gay is not a crime. Today, it may finally acknowledge gay people exist.
– Day of Decision rallies are happening all across the country today. Find one near you.
– The Employment Non-Discrimination Act has found its 53rd Senate co-sponsor in Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD).
– A new bill introduced by Democrats in Congress, the Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) Act, would protect LGBT people from discrimination in housing.
– For the first time ever, a defense secretary spoke live at a Pentagon event observing Pride month.
– Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is appealing to the Supreme Court to uphold the state’s sodomy laws.
– Earlier this week, the New Jersey Assembly overwhelmingly passed the bill to ban ex-gay therapy for minors, and the Senate is expected to do the same on Thursday.
– MIT will start covering the extra taxes employees have to pay on their same-sex partners’ benefits (though it may not matter if the Defense of Marriage Act is overturned today).
– A new poll finds that 55 percent of of people in the UK support marriage equality, with strong support in many other countries as well.
– Australia has a new prime minister — at least until September’s election — and unlike his predecessor Julia Gillard, Kevin Rudd supports marriage equality.
– A high school basketball coach in Yonkers, New York finally came out to his students.
– Check out this new ad pushing for marriage equality in Scotland — it’s time to do the right thing: