The Morning Pride: September 18, 2013


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– Pennsylvania County Clerk D. Bruce Hanes is appealing the ruling preventing him from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

– Pennsylvania lawmakers are proposing a bill to ban ex-gay therapy for minors.

– Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) has ordered the state’s National Guard to stop processing military benefits for same-sex couples, joining Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi in disregarding the Pentagon’s guidance.

– The Senate has confirmed openly lesbian attorney Elaine D. Kaplan to the United States Court of Federal Claims.

– A California judge has ruled that a lesbian widow’s marriage that was conducted a week before Prop 8 was lifted can be recognized, ensuring she’ll have access to the hundreds of thousands of dollars in benefits she was counting on for her survival over the rest of her lifetime after her partner’s passing from cancer.

– Fox News has a new champion for anti-LGBT discrimination: meet Shannon Bream.

– Dallas Voice editor John Wright was fired from the LGBT newspaper because its new owners didn’t like his coverage of the Dallas Pride dress code, instead favoring puff pieces about advertisers.

– A new study finds that the in the Netherlands, the children of lesbian couples score higher on core principles of democratic citizenship than their peers raised by opposite-sex parents.

– Confirming his commitment to anti-LGBT advocacy, research Mark Regnerus will participate in a conference with the Alliance Defending Freedom.

– Nigeria’s bishops are concerned that other countries are introducing “unhealthy values,” including “campaigns for abortion, condom distribution and promotion of homosexual unions.”

– Skater Johnny Weir missed the deadline to register for the national championships, so he won’t be going to the Sochi Olympics in February.

– Meet the Illinois couple for whom marriage equality will have come too late: