The Morning Pride: February 21, 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.

– Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum will not defend the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

– A Maryland Senate committee advanced a bill that would extend nondiscrimination protections to transgender people.

– LGBT advocates once again blocked the Idaho Senate, demanding nondiscrimination protections.

– Two New Mexico judges have announced they will no longer officiate weddings because they refuse to officiate for same-sex couples.


– At California’s Redwood Middle School, 300 students held a protest to support two of their gay classmates after a social media rumor implied that the school wouldn’t let them be together. The school has also formed a gay-straight alliance now.

– Pat Robertson once again suggested that gay people can be rehabilitated, just like murderers.

– A new study finds that openly gay college faculty are less comfortable in their work environments than their closeted peers.

– The United States placed 40th out of 103 countries in a new scorecard about the inclusion of LGBT servicemembers in the military.

– An online support group for Russian LGBT teens has been acquitted of violating the country’s law banning “gay propaganda.”

Finland’s Parliament will begin considering marriage equality legislation.

– Uganda’s anti-homosexuality bill has reportedly been signed into law.

– Jason Collins may be signed by the New York Nets.