The Morning Pride: October 10, 2012

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.

– Pat Robertson’s American Center for Law & Justice, a conservative Christian legal group, fired senior attorney James Henderson over reports that he may be gay.

– A number of corporations, including Ernst & Young LLP, Thomson Reuters, and BNP Paribas, are joining Immigration Equality in supporting the Uniting American Families Act.

– Japanese scientists may have discovered a way for gay men to create an egg of their own, allowing both parents to contribute DNA to a child.


– Another (small) group of black pastors is joining the effort to pit the African-American community against the LGBT community, encouraging them to vote against President Obama for his support of marriage equality.

– The NFL is going to host an Inclusion & Diversity Symposium that will hypothetically be gay-inclusive, but “sexual orientation” was not mentioned along other demographics on the invitation.

– Elton John says civil partnerships are not enough.

State Campaigns

– A new Mainers for Equality Ad features state Rep. Stacey Fitts (R) explaining why he voted against marriage equality in 2009 and why he changed his vote this year.


– A new Washington marriage equality ad features state Rep. Maureen Walsh (R) explaining why she supports marriage equality as a Republican.

Redhook Ale has endorsed Washington’s Referendum 74.

Equality opponents in Washington are claiming that “homosexual marriage” will be taught in schools as a “genderless institution.”

– The NAACP’s Julian Bond has recorded a radio ad supporting marriage equality in Maryland.

– Two new equality video ads in Maryland feature Southern Baptist ministers Donté Hickman and Delman Coates: