The Morning Pride: April 26, 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.

– Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) attacked Mitt Romney on Tuesday, calling the presumptive nominee “despicable” for his anti-gay views.

– Several U.S. senators are calling on Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to streamline the process of redressing the discharges of those who were booted from the military under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

– Conservatives are radically over-reacting to a proposed LGBT non-discrimination ordinance in Hutchinson, Kansas. Fox News claimed the measure would “force churches to host gay weddings” and WorldNetDaily went so far as to suggest it would require churches to have “co-ed showers.”


North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper announced yesterday that he opposes Amendment One because it is “unclear, unwise, and unnecessary,” lacking the “careful deliberation” and “precise language” constitutional amendments require.

– Numerous mental health professional organizations have also condemned North Carolina’s Amendment One as a threat to families and children.

Equality Matters profiles the “legal experts” defending Amendment One — all from Campbell University School of Law — and the anti-gay agendas motivating their analysis.

– University of Nebraska assistant football coach Ron Brown, who recently testified against Omaha’s anti-discrimination ordinance, insists on standing by his anti-gay views, even if it costs him his job.

– British MP Karl McCartney is defending his statements that marriage equality could lead to polygamy and child marriages.


– Oakland A’s pitcher Brandon McCarthy recently tweeted in protest of the homophobic gag of aiming the kiss game at two guys at games.

– Hulu has launched a new LGBT category, featuring many films and shows that feature LGBT characters and plots.

– The Ohio den mother who was dismissed by the Boy Scouts for being a lesbian, Jennifer Tyrrell, talked to CNN about how the Scouts have stood by their policy, but her fellow parents are defending her:

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