The Morning Pride: October 8, 2013


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– Congressional candidate and Massachusetts state Rep. Carl Sciortino (D) married his partner of five years, Pem Brown, in Boston this weekend.

– A bill has been proposed in Ohio to ban ex-gay therapy for minors, mirroring those laws that have already passed in New Jersey and California.

– State Sen. Wendy Davis (D) lauded the new nondiscrimination protections in San Antonio, Texas.

– The University of Texas at San Antonio has agreed to let the same-sex spouse of an Air Force captain pay in-state tuition, even though the state constitution does not allow same-sex marriages to be recognized. The university has not yet explained its inconsistent policy.

– The Federal Election Commission has fined former Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID) $140,000 for using campaign funds to pay for his legal defense after he was caught with a “wide stance” in a Minneapolis bathroom. He also has to return $217,000 to his campaign.

– An undercover journalist has exposed a Toronto-based Christian ex-gay program, finding that rather than being a “healing ministry,” it’s actually just “a religious organization that hurts some participants.”

– Guido Barilla met with Italian LGBT groups this week, and after apologizing again for his anti-gay comments, expressed concern about boycotts of the company’s pasta in North America.

– International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach told LGBT groups this week that the IOC “will do everything it can to ensure” the Winter Olympics “will be free of any form of discrimination.”

– According to a Kuwaiti official, the Gulf Cooperation Countries are considering using medical examinations to somehow screen for gay people and then bar them from entering any of the countries.

– Center Dominic Raiola of the Detroit Lions apparently launched a barrage of homophobic attacks against the University of Wisconsin marching band during a game on Sunday.

– Meet Derek Schell, the first openly gay NCAA Division II basketball player.