The Morning Pride: April 10, 2014


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– Today the 10th Circuit will hear oral arguments in the Utah marriage equality case. Hundreds rallied outside the courthouse in Denver in support of the freedom to marry.

– Lambda Legal has compiled the 64 different marriage lawsuits playing out across the country.

– A new suit has been filed on behalf of North Carolina same-sex couples in which one spouse is facing a life-threatening medical condition.

– Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) has become the 7th House Republican to support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

– After a marathon of opposing testimony from Republicans, the Minnesota House passed a new LGBT-inclusive anti-bullying bill, which Gov. Mark Dayton (DFL) has signed into law.

– A Louisiana House committee has advanced a bill to repeal the state’s unenforceable “crimes against nature” sodomy law.

– A new study shows that face-to-face conversations with people about same-sex marriage can shift their opinion on the issue, especially if the person canvassing identifies as gay.

– A baby girl born to same-sex parents suing for the right to marry in Tennessee is the first child in the state to have two women listed as her parents, thanks to a preliminary injunction issued by prior to her birth by a federal judge.

– The National Organization for Marriage’s Brian Brown is actively encouraging other conservatives to respond to LGBT rights issues by claiming that they are the victim of “anti-Christian religious bigotry.”

– A Texas substitute teacher was suspended from working in the Lumberton Independent School District because a few parents complained that her transgender identity was a classroom distraction.

– A growing coalition of Christians are calling on World Vision to abandon its anti-gay hiring policy.

An Italian court has recognized a same-sex marriage as legal for the first time.

– Police in Saudi Arabia have arrested 35 men for having a “gay party.”

– A new ad campaign shows Mormon Utah families supporting marriage equality: