The Morning Pride: November 25, 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.

– Opponents of California’s new law protecting transgender students seem unlikely to meet their signature goal to challenge it with a referendum.

– A federal judge will has set a trial for June 9 to hear a suit challenging Pennsylvania’s law banning same-sex marriage.

West Virginia’s Attorney General will defend that state’s marriage inequality law in federal court.

– The same-sex couples challenging Texas’ laws banning same-sex marriage have petitioned for immediate relief.

– The Hawaii lawmakers who voted against marriage equality have received a gift of coal, plus the message, “Your lifestyle choice of judging others and ignorance is very unfortunate.”


– Judge Vaughan Walker, who ruled against California’s Proposition 8, thinks conservatives threw a “Hail Mary” by trying to disqualify him for being gay after his ruling.

– A transgender man in the Southwest was able to keep his job as a massage therapist and have his identity recognized as he transitioned thanks to support from the Transgender Law Center.

– A lesbian couple received a cake from a bakery in Arlington, Virginia mocking their relationship, and the manager refused to apologize.

– A storeowner in Paris Tennessee was attacked, robbed, and had the word “fag” written on his forehead.

– A 52 percent majority of Mexicans support marriage equality.

– Gay rights activists marched in India to end discrimination. See video here.

– Weird Al Yankovic explains why he donated proceeds from his song “Perform This Way,” a parody of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” to the Human Rights Campaign: