The Morning Pride: January 23, 2014


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– The Transportation Security Administration is taking steps to ensure same-sex couples can undergo pre-flight security screenings together.

– Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) has spoken out against homophobe Dave Agema, calling on him to step down from the Republican National Committee.

– A new study out of British Columbia finds that gay-straight alliances and LGBT-inclusive bullying policies reduce the suicide risk of all students (including those who are not LGBT).

– For the first time ever, a Public Policy Polling poll finds that a plurality of Florida voters (47 percent) supports marriage equality, while 44 percent are opposed.

– The California Assembly has elected Toni Atkins as its new Speaker, who is openly lesbian.

– A Kansas judge has ruled that a man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple is legally the father and liable for child support now that the couple has split. Not only did Kansas never recognize the non-birth mother, but the couple did not go through a physician to obtain the donation.

Three major Jewish organizations have endorsed the Oregon marriage equality campaign.

– Next week, Eugene, Oregon will consider adding gender identity to the city’s nondiscrimination protections.

– The City Council of Starkville, Mississippi has passed a resolution favoring diversity — including LGBT people — making it the first municipality in Mississippi to recognize the community; unfortunately, the resolution is not a law and thus is not legally enforceable.

– One of the Republicans vying to challenge Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), candidate Susanne Atanus, believes that autism and dementia are God’s punishments for marriage equality and abortion.

– Fox News has been relatively silent about the advance of anti-gay laws in Uganda, Nigeria, India, and Russia.

– The Methodist Church will try another minister, Yale scholar Rev. Dr. Thomas W. Ogletree, for officiating his son’s same-sex wedding.

– A gay couple fleeing police persecution in India finally found asylum in the United States, but not before spending more than six months in an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center.

– A leading Indian psychiatrist believes homosexuality is “unnatural” and can be changed, and that gay people introduce too much discussion about sex into society.

– The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja has commended Nigeria’s new anti-gay law, asserting that the Church “condemns homosexuality.”

– Thousands of protesters threw stones into a Nigerian courtroom, cheering on the prosecution of eleven men arrested for belonging to gay organizations.