"The Morning Pride: February 3, 2014"
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.
– The Social Security Administration has published new guidance allowing some claims by married same-sex couples to be processed.
– Did Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL) make racist and homophobic comments at a meeting of the Alabama Association of Realtors?
– The Massachusetts Department of Corrections is going to continue spending taxpayer money to fight allowing a transgender inmate to receive sex reassignment surgery, requesting an en banc hearing by the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals.
– The suit challenging Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage has been certified as a class action.
– Minnesota lawmakers who supported marriage equality have been able to raise more money than opponents.
– Idaho state lawmaker Rep. Lynn Luker has introduced two “religious freedom” bills to protect discrimination against LGBT people.
– A new study suggests that gay and bisexual teenagers are more likely to use steroids than their heterosexual peers.
– Responding to a lawsuit, Brookdale Senior Living, which runs 550 retirement centers, has acquiesced and will offer same-sex spousal benefits.
– Republican National Committee member Dave Agema is tired of the “homosexual lifestyle” being shoved down his throat.
– A social media support group for Russia’s gay teens has been charged with violating the country’s law banning “gay propaganda.”
– Mumbai’s gay pride was bigger than ever this year.
– Senegal has sentenced two gay men to six months in jail and fines up to $3,000 for admitting they’ve had sex.
– Finnish Olympic swimmer Ari-Pekka Liukkonen has come out as gay.
– Coca-Cola’s “It’s Beautiful” commercial was the first Super Bowl ad to feature a same-sex family: