"The Morning Pride: September 3, 2013"
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– Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the first Supreme Court Justice to officiate a same-sex wedding this weekend.
– President Obama has announced that not only will he not meet with President Vladimir Putin while in Russia, but he will meet with Russian LGBT activists.
– A third of the marriage licenses issued in Minnesota in August went to same-sex couples.
– Rhode Island does not know how many marriage licenses have gone to same-sex couples, but it’s been a “steady flow,” unlike the unpopular civil unions issued in years prior.
– New Mexico Republicans have officially filed their suit challenging marriage equality, but only in one of the six counties offering licenses to same-sex couples.
– Virginia has granted transgender inmate Ophelia De’Lonta permission to be evaluated by a gender identity specialist of her choice to be considered for sex reassignment surgery.
– A bar in Portland, Oregon has been fined $400,000 for banning a group of transgender customers from meeting up there.
– American University has announced it will cover sex reassignment surgery in its student health insurance plan.
– The University of Arizona is going to hire four professors in transgender studies who will help announce a new peer-reviewed journal, Transgender Studies Quarterly.
– Jerome, Arizona has become the second town in the state to offer civil unions to same-sex couples.
– National Organization for Marriage political director Frank Schubert will head up a campaign against California’s bill protecting transgender students.
– Cambridge University, the third oldest university, has rewritten its ancient academic dress code to be inclusive of transgender students.
– In case there was any doubt, the International Olympic Committee is not moving its Winter Games out of Russia over its anti-gay laws.
– Justice Ginsburg wasn’t the only one engaging with the LGBT community this weekend; Justice Anthony Kennedy shared a stage with the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, where he said, “Freedom is always a work in progress.”
– WATCH: Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd passionately defended marriage equality against a local pastor: