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.
Here is a look back at multiple stories you might have missed over the holidays:
– Journalist Itay Hod seems to have outed Rep. Aaron Schock, but not with very compelling evidence. Schock has since locked down his Instagram account, hiding the fact that he follows Olympic diver Tom Daley.
– Two gay couples are suing Kansas for the right to file their state tax returns jointly.
– In Maine’s first year of marriage equality, 1,530 same-sex couples wed there.
– The Albuquerque Journal editorial board has defended the New Mexico Supreme Court for ruling in favor of marriage equality.
– Michigan refused to grant a name change to a man’s driver’s license because it would require recognizing his same-sex marriage performed in another state.
– A federal judge is allowing Houston, Texas to continue offering benefits to the same-sex spouses of city employees.
– Rose Marie Belforti, the town clerk in Ledyard, New York, still refuses to provide marriage licenses to same-sex couples, as she has since marriage equality became law there in 2011.
– Huntington, West Virginia, now protects against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
– The Eugene School District in Eugene, Oregon, has settled a lawsuit for $5,000 alleging that it failed to prevent bullying against a student perceived as being gay.
– The public schools in Lincoln, Nebraska, and many other Nebraska school districts are now offering health coverage to the same-sex spouses of teachers.
– The Mormon ex-gay and ex-trans ministry Evergreen International has merged with another Mormon ex-LGBT group called North Star International.
– Facebook has apologized for removing a photo of two men kissing for being “offensive.
– Two more Mexican states, Jalisco and Chihuahua, now offer marriage equality.
– Uganda president Yoweri Museveni “won’t rush” to sign the recently passed “Kill The Gays” legislation that imposes harsh penalties for same-sex behavior.
– Activists are similarly urging Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan not to sign that country’s harsh bill criminalizing homosexuality.
– The Bolivian Defense Minister has explained that gay people are not allowed to serve in the military because they are neither female or male.
– A Supreme Administrative Court of Bulgaria has ruled that comparing homosexuality to the dangers of smoking constitute unlawful harassment.
– A new survey finds that two-thirds of people in China believe that homosexuality is “unacceptable.”
– Russian President Vladimir Putin has eased a sweeping ban on public protests during the Olympics, but any demonstrations will still require advance approval from authorities.
– Coca-Cola edited out the scene of same-sex marriage from a television ad when it aired in Ireland and a few other countries.
– A new study from Sweden finds that lesbian parents that used assisted reproduction are more satisfied with their relationship and less stressed than heterosexual couples who used IVF.
– Clay Aiken is “actively considering” running for Congress from North Carolina’s 2nd congressional district.
– Out Olympian Caitlin Cahow explains why she’s proud to represent the United States at the Games in Sochi.