The Morning Pride: June 28, 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.

– The New Jersey Senate approved the bill banning ex-gay therapy for minors Thursday with a 28–9 vote. It now heads to Gov. Chris Christie for his signature.

– Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) may want a federal constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, but the idea doesn’t have much support from lawmakers in his own state.

– The Family Research Council’s logo for its new “Call 2 Fall” prayer campaign is… unfortunate.

– One of the same-sex couples seeking the right to marry in New Mexico — a right they may already have in the state — has appealed directly to the state’s Supreme Court to answer the question.

– A group in Arkansas is beginning the process to repeal the state’s ban on same-sex marriage at the ballot.

– Russia’s Upper House has unanimously passed both the anti-”propaganda” and anti-foreign adoption bills that specifically target the gay community, but President Vladimir Putin claims the gay community is “not being discriminated against in any way.”


– Rebuking President Obama, Senegal President Macky Sall claimed he’s not homophobic, even though his country isn’t ready to decriminalize homosexuality.

– Sharnee Zoll-Norman of the WNBA team the Chicago Sky is coming out as a lesbian publicly for the first time and attending her first Pride parade.