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The Morning Pride: October 16, 2013

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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 York Times invited six contributors to discuss the intersection of LGB and T rights.

- Two gay couples have filed suit challenging Oregon’s ban on marriage equality.

- North Dakota has created special tax forms for married same-sex couples to file separately, given the state ironically does not recognize same-sex marriage.

- The Salt Lake Tribune is encouraging married same-sex couples to file their state taxes jointly even though the state will not recognize their spousal relationship.

- Hawaii Attorney General David Louie confirmed that the state legislature has the constitutional authority to pass the marriage equality bill during a special session.

- Church groups in San Antonio failed to collect enough signatures to challenge the city’s new LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance.

- County Commissioners in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina voted 6-3 to add “actual or perceived gender as expressed through dress, appearance, or behavior” to its nondiscrimination policy, protecting transgender people.

- Todd Kincannon, former executive director of the South Carolina Republican Party, believes that all transgender people belong “in a camp.”

- Uganda’s ethics minister, Father Simon Lokodo, has threatened to shutdown organizations that “promote” LGBT equality.

- Adidas has endorsed the ballot campaign to overturn Oregon’s ban on marriage equality.

- Several professional sports teams in Oregon have also endorsed the marriage equality effort, including the Portland Trail Blazers, making them the first NBA team — and first team from any of the four major sports leagues — to support same-sex marriage.

- Sigourney Weaver believes that gorillas are superior to humans because they aren’t wrapped up in the “religion and shame” of homophobia.

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