The Morning Pride: April 8, 2013

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.

– Former Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe (ME) has said she now supports marriage equality and even voted Yes on Maine’s same-sex marriage referendum in November.

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) says he now supports civil unions, but still believes same-sex marriage would “undermine the very basis of marital law in our country.”

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) has personally evolved on same-sex marriage, but rather than stand on her own principle, she’s “looking at the people of Louisiana trying to represent their interests.”


– According to some law experts, if the Defense of Marriage Act is overturned, married same-sex couples will have immigration benefits even if they move to a state that doesn’t recognize their marriage.

– The full Rhode Island Senate will vote on marriage equality by the end of April.

– Rutgers University President Robert Barch says he will not resign over the abusive coaching scandal.

– Fox News contributor Erick Erickson really wants to know why same-sex marriage won’t lead to incest — ignoring such factors as consent.

– The Alliance Defending Freedom has five examples of how same-sex marriage is an attack on religious freedom, except they all took place in states that didn’t have same-sex marriage.


– Supporters of same-sex marriage in the Colombia Senate were assaulted Thursday, delaying debate on a marriage equality bill.

– The French Senate continues its deliberations on same-sex marriage, narrowly defeating an amendment on Friday to allow a public vote on the law.

– The NFL found no “specific violations” in regards to recruiters asking players about their sexual orientation.

– The Indigo Girls will donate all money they make at the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival to trans activism.

– A petition is challenging Smith College to stop discriminating against trans women.

– Another petition is challenging the city of Pittsburgh to stop censoring LGBT blogs.

– One mother makes it clear: it’s not enough to “accept” and “tolerate” gay kids.

– A lone Eagle Scout marched for LGBT equality in this weekend’s Phoenix Pride Parade, because “a scout is kind.”

– The South African town of Kwadukuza celebrated a same-sex wedding this weekend: