The Morning Pride: October 15, 2013


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.

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– The New Jersey Supreme Court has agreed to hear the marriage equality case, skipping appellate review.

– Proponents of California’s Proposition 8 are still vying to hide their donors, even though they are already publicly listed.

– Hawaii lawmakers are discussing religious exemptions to the marriage equality bill, but the state Catholic Diocese says it will oppose the bill regardless.

– Rick Shaftan, an aide to New Jersey Senate candidate Steve Lonegan (R), offered several crude and homophobic remarks about Democratic opponent Cory Booker, posted a non-apology on Facebook, and lost his job.

– Florida state Rep. Dennis Baxley (R) compared same-sex parents to parents who are abusive, alcoholics, or drug abusers.

– An Oklahoma City theater company is under attack by conservative “Patriot Pastors” for preparing to present a play by gay playwright Paul Rudnick.

– The University of Norther Iowa crowned transgender student Steven Sanchez homecoming queen.

– A transgender woman in Colorado is suing for access to free breast cancer screenings under the state’s healthcare program.

– A judge in Northern Ireland has ruled against a ban on gay men donating blood.

– A group of 14 men has been arrested in Cairo, Egypt for committing “homosexual acts” at a medical center.

– Moldova abandoned plans to pass a ban on “gay propaganda” like Russia’s because they didn’t want it to interfere with their joining the European Union.

– A gay rights protest in St. Petersburg, Russia ended with police arresting 67 people, including both gay activists and their counter-protesters.

– The U.S. Olympic Committee has added sexual orientation to its nondiscrimination policy.

– A new documentary, Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine, looks back on the life of Matthew Shepard, who died in a brutal hate crime 15 years ago, through the people who knew him best: