The Morning Pride: January 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.

– President Obama has publicly used the word “gay” 272 times in five years.

– A new poll shows that a majority of people living in states that do not have marriage equality support marriage equality (51–41).

– Married same-sex couples in 17 states will now be able to apply for VA-backed mortgages through the VA Home Loan Centers.


– A same-sex couple that live in Michigan but married in New York have been told by their homestate they must undergo a six-month “probation period” before the state will grant their name change.

– Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s new conservative coalition, Imago Dei, may say that gay people are made in God’s image, but all of its members have promoted a very different message.

– Two Oregon marriage lawsuits have been combined.

– The Tampa Bay Times has endorsed marriage equality.

– A new study finds that transgender and intersex advocacy groups face significant hurdles in securing funding for their work.

– Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) said he might be open to civil unions, but no one in Utah is proposing them.

– The Minnesota Republicans have rescinded their vote of “no confidence” for Sen. Brendan Peterson (R), an admonishment they administered for his support of marriage equality.


– The National Organization for Marriage wants to impeach Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (D) for not defending Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage.

– A leading gay rights activist in Azerbaijan, Isa Shakhmarli, committed suicide by hanging himself with a rainbow flag.

– Kye Allums, the first openly transgender Division 1 athlete, responds to the Grantland article about “Dr. V” by recounting his own experience watching ESPN discuss his past without his permission.