The Morning Pride: February 24, 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.

– Two North Carolina trans women have won a case challenging an 1891 state law that limits the number of times people can legally change their names.

– A new bill proposed in California would update birth certificate forms to account for parents of different gender combinations, rather than the current “mother” and “father” restrictions.

– An Ohio gay couple has filed a federal lawsuit because they were unable to obtain family health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

– A Kansas tea party group is still fighting to advance the “license to discriminate” bill.

– Virginia state Delegate Mark Sickles (D) has come out as gay.

– An Iowa man has filed suit against the Casey’s General Store where he worked, alleging that his husband was not allowed to visit him while he was working and that he was told not to act “feminine” in the store.


– The First Presbyterian Church in Houston, Texas voted not to separate from the Presbyterian Church USA, despite some congregants objections to the ordaining of gay clergy.

– A group of anti-gay activists have launched a new Coalition for Family Values to promote the idea that homosexuality is a “destructive influence on society.”

– A poll finds that 76 percent of Ireland’s electorate support marriage equality.

– A poll of 12,000 Catholics across five continents finds that 30 percent support marriage equality.

– Openly bisexual speedskater Ireen Wüst of the Netherlands was the most medalled Olympian at the Sochi Games, with two gold and three silver.

– Here’s a clip of Jason Collins entering the game last night as the first openly gay player in the NBA: