The Morning Pride: February 25, 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.

– Attorney General Eric Holder has declared that state attorneys general do not have to defend laws that they believe are discriminatory.

– A 92-year-old trans woman has finally been awarded the Social Security survivor benefits she was denied after her husband’s death.

Georgia is the latest state that might consider a “license to discriminate” bill.

Indiana is also considering a provision that would allow state contractors to discriminate against employees based on their religious beliefs.

– Illinois is considering a ban on ex-gay therapy for minors.

– A new poll finds that Ohio voters support marriage equality 50–44.

– Only 29 percent of Kansans support now-stalled “license to discriminate” bill, while 59 percent oppose it.

– Delaware Gov. Jack Markell (D) suggested this week that the NFL should consider moving the 2015 Super Bowl out of Arizona if Gov. Jan Brewer (R) doesn’t veto the “license to discriminate” bill.


– The organization Queers for Economic Justice, which serves poor and homeless LGBT people, is closing its doors due to a lack of funding.

– A school district has settled a lawsuit to the tune of $77,000 for a lesbian student who was outed by her high school softball coach.

– Watch Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni defend the anti-homosexuality bill by calling gay people “disgusting.”

– The witch hunt has already begun in Uganda: the tabloid Red Pepper has published a list of the country’s “Top 200 Homosexuals.” Previous outings by publications have led to violence against those who were outed.

– College baseball player Matt Kaplon at Drew University came out to his team this weekend after years of struggle.