The Morning Pride: June 14, 2013

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.

– Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has taken the unusual step of co-sponsoring the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), making him the 50th Senator do so. It’s a step he notably refused to take in the past.

Eight GetEQUAL activists were arrested for protesting outside the office of House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), demanding he call a vote on ENDA.

– Numerous members of Congress posed for NOH8 photos including Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL) and Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM), the first senator to join the campaign.


– Construction equipment company Caterpillar is the latest business to end its funding for the Boy Scouts of America, pointing out that allowing gay Scouts did not go far enough to avoid a conflict with nondiscrimination policies.

– A New Jersey Assembly committee advanced the bill that would ban ex-gay therapy for minors.

– When PBS interview Robert George for Constitution USA, they did not include any context about his many campaigns against marriage equality and gay rights in general.

– A transgender woman had to flee her Scottish town after she was branded a “witch.”

– UFC fighter Josh Thomson believes that marriage equality will lead to polygamy, pedophilia, and incest.

– This week’s editorial cartoon in the Dallas Voice juxtaposes the GetEQUAL protester who heckled Michelle Obama with the anti-marriage equality protester who interrupted the French Open carrying a flare: