The Morning Pride: December 12, 2013

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"The Morning Pride: December 12, 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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– A gay veteran and his husband living in Texas have been denied a VA home loan because a policy separate from the Defense of Marriage Act limits the Department of Veterans Affairs from recognizing the marriages of same-sex couples.

– Meet Daniel Moran, the 20-year-old University of North Texas Student, who identifies as bisexual and atheist, and is hoping to become the first genderqueer elected official in the U.S.

– The American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer hailed the India Supreme Court ruling, calling it “entirely right and entirely appropriate” to punish same-sex behavior as criminal.

– The India Times wrote a stirring rebuke of the decision, calling it “a blow to people’s right to equality.”

– Elton John has written an open letter explaining why he traveled to Russia and spoke out for LGBT equality, asserting that “saving people from HIV is worth taking a risk for.”

– In his address to Parliament, Russian President Vladimir Putin defended the country’s anti-gay laws for resisting an assault of “genderless and fruitless so-called tolerance” that “equals good and evil.”

– Taiwan’s Ministry of Health and Welfare will allow people to change their legal gender without requiring medical intervention or approval.

– Two LGBT pride events in Belarus have been banned for “technical” and timing problems.

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