The Morning Pride: August 13, 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.

– On Saturday, the Democratic Party Platform Committee unanimously approved the drafted platform, complete with its full-throated support for marriage equality and nondiscrimination protections.

– Iowa’s The FAMiLY LEADER has relaunched the so-called “Iowans for Freedom” campaign to oust one of the state’s Supreme Court Justices who was part of the 2009 ruling for same-sex marriage.

– During the last school year, there were 10,797 reported incidents of bullying in Iowa schools.

Transgender pilots will no longer be subject an unfair battery of psychological tests.

– A North Carolina county commissioner is still eager to strip same-sex couples of their domestic partner benefits.

– Thanks to the generosity of a Washington state lawyer, two gay men raising 12 children in Arizona officially both have legal guardianship of their family.


– British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg believes religious organizations should be allowed to conduct same-sex marriages.

– Thousands gathered in Dublin yesterday for the fourth Irish March for Marriage (equality).

– Artist Kathryn Cornelius married and divorced seven different times on Saturday, marrying both men and women throughout the day (one of which can be seen in the banner above).

– Officials in St. Petersburg, Russia will fine Madonna $17,000 for violating the ban on “gay propaganda” during her concert.

Ten out LGBT Olympians won gold medals.

– Watch Taiwan’s first same-sex Buddhist wedding: