The Morning Pride: February 13, 2014

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.

– Nearly two years after a decision by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission declaring that transgender people are protected under Title VII, the Labor Department admitted that the matter is still under review and trans people are still not being treated as a protected class.

– Meanwhile, the President’s executive order protecting the LGBT employees of federal contractors from discrimination is still “hypothetical.”

– Four married same-sex couples have filed suit to have their unions recognized in Louisiana. That makes new suits in Louisiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Missouri in the past week.


– The Ninth Circuit has accepted the Nevada Attorney General’s withdrawal from the marriage case, granting it an expedited hearing.

– The Iowa Republican Party has selected anti-gay crusader Danny Carroll, a lobbyist for the conservative The FAMiLY Leader, as its new party co-chair.

– Dale Hansen, a sportscaster for WFAA, the ABC News affiliate in Dallas, Texas, took the NFL to task for everybody who said the league isn’t ready for an openly gay player like Michael Sam (clip via PinkNews):