The Morning Pride: October 22, 2013


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– The New Mexico Supreme Court will not immediately rule after it hears oral arguments for and against marriage equality on Wednesday.

Anti-gay conservative groups like the National Organization for Marriage and Family Research Council have rebuked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) for abandoning the legal fight against marriage equality, claiming he is disqualified from running for President in 2016.

– Nevertheless, a new poll shows that 61 percent of New Jersey voters support marriage equality, including 49 percent of Republicans, while only 27 percent of the state opposes it.

– Meanwhile, the sponsors of Pennsylvania’s marriage equality believe Gov. Tom Corbett (R) should follow Christie’s lead and give up as well.

– Listen as a signature collector trying to overturn California’s protections for transgender students lie about what the law does.

– Four legally married same-sex couples have filed a federal lawsuit challenging Tennessee’s ban on same-sex marriage. Read the complaint.

– Tennessee won’t grant a driver’s license to Sergio Smart because it won’t recognize his same-sex marriage nor his name change on his IDs.

– The Australian Capital Territory has passed marriage equality, but the newly elected conservative government will challenge it.

– A British lawmaker is planning to introduce a bill banning ex-gay therapy for everybody, not just minors.

Russian lawmakers will reintroduce the recently withdrawn bill that would disqualify gay and lesbian parents from custody of their own children.

Meet Jake Stallman, an Iowa teen who endured anti-gay bullying only to become a champion against bullying, earning him the Spirit of Matthew award from the Matthew Shepard Foundation.

– Watch Rep. Debbie Wasseman Schultz (D-FL) describe how she explained homosexuality to her son: