The Morning Pride: April 5, 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.

Prop 8 Trial Tracker has a round-up of analysis of yesterday’s First Circuit oral arguments in the two cases challenging the Defense of Marriage Act.

– Police reports show that there were as many as 15 anti-gay and anti-trans crimes in Washington, DC in the month of March.

– According to the Pew Hispanic Center’s latest survey, 59 percent of of Latinos say that homosexuality should be accepted by society.


– Those advocating for North Carolina’s discriminatory Amendment One were all too proud to host an ex-gay activist who thinks homosexuality should be relegated from society the way Pluto was demoted from being a planet.

– Bent Alaska provides evidence that opponents to Anchorage’s LGBT non-discrimination protections intentionally spread false information about voter registration.

– Groups opposing marriage equality in Washington state seem to be blatantly violating financial reporting laws.

– The National Organization for Marriage spent $10,000 opposing a pro-equality Democrat in a Maryland race, but he still won with 74 percent of the vote.

– The student suing his Ohio school for the right to wear a “Jesus Is Not A Homophobe” shirt has been granted permission to wear it, but for now, only on the Day of Silence.


– A student at Fullerton Union High School in California was removed from a “Mr. Fullerton” competition on Tuesday because he said he hoped in 10 years same-sex marriage would be legal so he could marry the love of his life. The assistant principal who made the decision apologized publicly and the next morning.

– More than 60 percent of Australian MPs and mayors support marriage equality.

– Invisible Children, the organization behind Kony 2012, has “robust ties” to The Family and other anti-gay stealth evangelism efforts in Africa.

– Authorities in Cameroon shut down a human rights conference last week when they learned it would include discussions of sexuality.

– Guyana, the only mainland South American country with laws still criminalizing homosexuality, is going to hold consultations about changing those laws.

– Chile has passed an anti-discrimination law to help protect the LGBT community from future hate crimes.

Cybill Shepherd is HRC’s latest American for Marriage Equality.

– Martin Sheen defended his support for marriage equality as a Catholic, explaining “my religion’s highest standard is conscience.” Watch his riveting delivery of Ted Olson’s closing argument from the Proposition 8 trial from a recent reading of the play 8: