The Morning Pride: April 17, 2012

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 White House suddenly believes that in an election year when Republicans control the House, the “time is right” to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which has faltered in Congress for decades.

– Openly gay Republican presidential candidate Fred Karger has filed a complaint against the National Organization for Marriage for apparently hiding a $10,000 contribution from Mitt Romney.

– Another of NOM’s talking heads, the virulently anti-gay Bishop Harry Jackson, has committed himself to being a spokesperson for the group’s race-baiting.


– The Spokane City Council heard testimony from 93 individuals last night about whether to support Washington’s new same-sex marriage law, but ultimately voted down such a resolution.

– A new policy at the University of Texas at Austin will allow transgender students to indicate their preferred name on their records, saving them from experiences like having to out themselves in the classroom.

– The Boston Observer has some video footage of the protests at this weekend’s anti-gay Tea Party Rally in Boston: