The Morning Pride: March 18, 2014


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Among black Protestants, support for marriage equality jumped by 11 percent last year, from 32 percent to 43 percent.

– The editorial board at the Casper Star-Tribune has endorsed marriage equality for Wyoming.

– If proponents of a ballot initiative in Oregon that would allow religious liberty to be used as a reason to discriminate against marrying same-sex couples, that initiative will be titled with language proposed by LGBT advocates.

– Despite opposition from LGBT members, the Democratic Party of Virginia elected Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones, who doesn’t support marriage equality, as party chair.

– Conservatives in Illinois are campaigning against Republicans that supported marriage equality.

– A federal court in New York City has awarded Antonio Muñoz $500,000 in a wrongful termination suit against the Manhattan Club boutique hotel, which refused to offer him a day shift to accommodate the drowsiness caused by his HIV medication.

– News reports suggest that former ex-gay therapist John Smid encouraged someone to stop listening to Adele as an ex-gay strategy, but it seems to have been part of a “mock” intake staged for a documentary.

– Anti-LGBT activist Michael Brown is now spreading his harmful messages in Peru.

– A new study estimates that India loses $31 billion annually because of its homophobic culture.

– Wendy Williams and the guests that joined her for a transphobic panel about trans athletes have apologized.