The Morning Pride: December 23, 2013


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– Same-sex marriages will resume this morning in Utah, though Judge Robert Shelby will hold a hearing at 9:00 AM to consider imposing a stay.

– Republican lawmakers in New Mexico are now considering a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage to overrule the state Supreme Court’s ruling for marriage equality.

– Clerk Donna Carpenter and Deputy Clerk Janet Collins of Roosevelt County, New Mexico quit their jobs to avoid being associated with same-sex marriages.

– The Navajo Nation has clarified that same-sex marriage is still banned within the tribe, despite the change for New Mexico.

– Republicans in North Carolina are turning to the anti-gay Alliance Defending Freedom for extra help defending the state’s constitutional amendment banning all same-sex unions against a lawsuit.

– The CDC has clarified that its National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program will cover eligible transgender patients.

– The Washington, DC City Council unanimously passed a bill to support the needs of LGBT homeless youth.

– The Methodist pastor who was defrocked for officiating his own son’s same-sex marriage has been offered a job in California, though it would not include clerical status.

– The Privacy for All Students coalition that is challenging California’s protections for transgender students has now sued the state claiming that not all counties were counting signatures they collected toward a referendum, even though they turned in some of those signatures late.

– In response to the Duck Dynasty controversy, openly gay Houston, Texas Mayor Annise Parker said, “What some redneck wingnut has to say about the GLBT community is completely irrelevant.”

– Geraldo Rivera doesn’t believe that “cocksucking faggot” is an anti-gay slur.

Cuba has reportedly passed a law banning employment discrimination based on sexual orientation (protections the U.S. still doesn’t have nationwide).

– Scotland’s Equal Opportunities Commission has rejected amendments to the marriage equality referendum that would have allowed religious organizations to discriminate against same-sex couples.

– The Indian government has asked its Supreme Court to review its recent decision reinstating the colonial-era sodomy law.

– Gay activist Dmitri Isakov has been fined about $120 under Russia’s “gay propaganda” law for holding up a sign that read, “Being gay and loving gays is normal. Beating gays and killing gays is criminal,” making him the third person punished under the law.

– Fort Bragg has hosted its first same-sex commitment ceremony, between Maj. Daniel Toven and his partner Johnathan Taylor: