The Morning Pride: December 16, 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.

– The Oklahoma same-sex couple that filed suit for the right to marry nine years ago is still waiting for their day in court.

– Two more Illinois same-sex couples have been granted the right to marry before the state’s law takes effect because each includes a partner facing chronic illness.

– Because the Department of Veteran Affairs still does not recognize same-sex marriages, a Texas couple will have to pay $50,000 more for their new house than they would have if they’d been granted the VA loan they were denied.


– The faculty at the University of Southern Indiana are the latest to pass a resolution opposing the proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

– The European Court of Justice has ruled that workers in civil partnerships are entitled to the same benefits as married couples.

– French President François Hollande is the latest world leader to announce he will not be attending the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

– According to a new poll, 70 percent of Israelis support “equal rights” for same-sex couples.

– Former soccer manager Chris Mubiru has been arrested in Uganda for “sodomizing” one of his players; graphic pictures of the two allegedly having sex were published last year in the tabloid Red Pepper.

– Thousands rallied Sunday in India, protesting the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the colonial-era sodomy law: