The Morning Pride: March 19, 2014


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Due to some major technical difficulties, ThinkProgress was down on Tuesday. Here is the LGBT content you missed:

– The Congressional Black Caucus is urging the Obama administration to review the aid the U.S. provides to countries with anti-gay laws.

– Secretary of State John Kerry said that Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is open to meeting with U.S. scientists to develop a better understanding of homosexuality.

– The Kentucky Senate has approved a bill that would allow the Senate president or House speaker to intervene in a court case when the attorney general refuses to defend a law. (Gov. Steve Beshear (D) has already hired outside counsel to appeal the same-sex marriage case there.)

– All of the Illinois Republican state lawmakers who voted for marriage equality beat their primary challengers, despite campaigns against them by anti-gay groups.

– Hundreds rallied at the Idaho statehouse Monday, continuing to pressure lawmakers to advance LGBT nondiscrimination protections.

Park City could become the first municipality in Utah to support marriage equality.

– The Pennsylvania Methodist pastor who was defrocked for officiating his son’s same-sex marriage will have his case heard again by an appeals panel within the church.

– The Arkansas school that censored a gay student’s profile from the yearbook has doubled down on its rejection.

– Alyssa Rosenberg: Why Fred Phelps was so useful to the gay rights movement.

– West Virginia high school teacher David Foggin is under investigation for attacking his school’s gay/straight alliance by suggesting the school would also start: “a drunks-t totaller club, drugged/sober club, smokeless tobacco vs smokes club, street racing, and deer poaching clubs.”

– Australia’s largest ex-gay ministry, Living Waters, is closing its doors.