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The Morning Pride: December 4, 2013

By Zack Ford on December 4, 2013 at 8:30 am

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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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- A group of Indiana mayors, including the mayors of Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, South Bend, and Bloomington, have all come out against the proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

- Indiana University Northwest professor Anne Balay claims she was denied tenure because she is a lesbian.

- Minnesota lawmakers are preparing to introduce legislation to ban ex-gay therapy for minors.

- U.S. Catholic bishops have been avoiding distributing the Vatican’s social survey beyond the priesthood.

- Conservatives in Chattanooga, Tennessee have collected enough signatures to repeal the city’s domestic benefits ordinance.

- Douglas County, Nebraska is considering extending benefits to the same-sex spouses of county employees.

- The waitress who fabricated that a family denied her a tip because of her “lifestyle” has been suspended while the incident is investigated.

- Israeli President Shimon Peres has come out for marriage equality, saying that “even a person who is a homosexual is a human being, and he has rights. We have no power to take away rights.”

- A Canadian lesbian couple claims they were kicked out of a restaurant for exchanging a kiss on the cheek.

- Though Croatia just voted to ban same-sex marriage, it may now consider civil unions.

- After Olympic skater Johnny Weir called those protesting Russia’s anti-gay laws “idiots,” he explained that he’s “pro-athlete” before he’s “pro-gay” and doesn’t think athletes should be political activists.

- Elton John’s Russian tour may be canceled if Russian officials believe his performances will break the country’s laws forbidding “gay propaganda.”

- Monday night, Jon Stewart explained on The Daily Show how the Bible does not justify discrimination against gay people:

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