The Morning Pride: March 13, 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 Democrats met with President Obama on Tuesday, but didn’t discuss nondiscrimination protections.

– A petition calling on Obama to sign an executive order for LGBT nondiscrimination protections already has over 170,000 signatures.

– There is also now an official White House petition calling for an end to the ban on gay and bi men donating blood.

– Commissioners in Leon County, Florida have unanimously approved a domestic-partner registry for both gay and straight couples.


– In the first application of Columbus, Ohio’s nondiscrimination protections, a judge has ordered a company to pay a $1,000 fine for firing an employee after she came out as trans.

– A petition is calling on Chambersburg Area School District in central Pennsylvania to allow a gay-straight alliance.

– A new poll by the Southern Baptist Convention found that young people believe same-sex marriage is inevitable, anti-LGBT discrimination should not be allowed, and “homosexuality is a civil rights issue.”

– The ex-gay organization NARTH has lost its tax exempt status after failing to file its Form 990 for three consecutive years.

– A new study found that men in same-sex unions live longer than single or divorced men, but lesbians are facing an increase in mortality.

Anti-gay attitudes continue to increase in Russia.

– Some JetBlue crewmembers were so excited about the gay couple flying to New York to get married that they helped them celebrate, and one crewmember even volunteered to be their witness!

– Microsoft’s new commercial for Outlook features a gay wedding: