"The Morning Pride: January 16, 2014"
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- Bullying is believed to have contributed to the suicide of two teenagers in Brunswick, Ohio.
- Delaware is the latest state to announce it will recognize the same-sex marriages conducted in Utah.
- Indiana Republicans claim a new study shows a majority of Hoosiers support the marriage discrimination amendment, but not when informed it also bans civil unions and domestic partnerships. There are reasons to be suspicious about its results, however.
- Publix, a grocery store chain based in Florida, has been ordered to pay $100,000 for firing a gay employee in Broward County; the store claimed the cake decorator was fired for giving a co-worker part of a red-velvet cake bar that the store no longer even sold.
- A city council member in Shreveport, Louisiana has given up on his effort to overturn the city’s new nondiscrimination ordinance.
- SonicWall, an internet filtering system run by Dell, will stop blocking access to “gay and lesbian” content, a filter that prevented many young people from access to education and advocacy resources.
- A Republican candidate for the Texas Board of Education supports “straight pride,” claiming she isn’t bigoted, she just happens to believe that homosexuality is a sin just like murder.
- When social issues like same-sex marriage come up in the Mormon Church, its leaders redistribute a 1995 document called, “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.”
- Equality Matters found a 1989 radio interview that Sean Hannity (now of Fox News) conducted in which he and his guest spread incredible lies about AIDS, myths about gay people’s sex lives, and blatant homophobia, calling homosexuality a “lower form of behavior.”
- Sharia enforcers in Nigeria are redoubling their efforts to crack down on gay people in light of the new anti-gay law signed into law this week. According to one religious leader, 11 Muslim men are already being tried for having same-sex relationships and could face death by stoning.
- The Scottish Parliament has removed the spousal veto from the marriage equality bill, a provision that would have required a transgender individual to receive written consent from their spouse in order to change their gender documentation.
- In the first four months after marriage equality passed in New Zealand, 5 percent of all marriages were between same-sex couples.
- Svetlana Zhurova, “mayor” of the Sochi Olympic Village, has defended Russia’s law banning “gay propaganda,” joking, “If someone says he’s Napoleon, he’ll be taken straight to the appropriate institution. If he says he’s a woman, then basically nothing happens to him, he’s fighting for his rights.”