The Morning Pride: October 29, 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 White House reflects on the 4-year anniversary of the Shepard-Byrd Hate Crime Prevention Act.

– A Pennsylvania widow has filed the fourth lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, seeking equal tax treatment for inheriting her late spouse’s belongings.

– Two same-sex couples have filed a suit challenging Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage.

Indiana University has come out against a proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in Indiana.

– Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel (D) has once again rejected the language for a ballot initiative to legalize same-sex marriage in the state Constitution.


Philadelphia’s new LGBT law requires gender-neutral restrooms in all government buildings, offers tax credits to companies that extend equitable health care benefits to LGBT employees’ families and trans health benefits, and adds gender identity to the city’s nondiscrimination policy.

– Gay bars in South Mississippi give back to the community.

– Conservatives in Pocatello, Idaho have collected enough signatures to challenge the city’s new nondiscrimination ordinance at the ballot.

– Lambda Legal is suing a Chicago cab company because a driver kicked a gay out of his cab for kissing.

– Infamously discredited anti-gay researcher Paul Cameron is the latest to export homophobia to Russia, telling the Duma that a quarter of all homosexuals have sex with minors.


– Russian President Vladimir Putin has now said that none of the country’s anti-gay laws will interfere with Olympic guests feeling “comfortable,” regardless of their sexual orientation.

– Gay Bucknell University soccer player Jesse Klug offers this response to those who disapprove of homosexuality.

– November 18, 2013 will mark the 10-year anniversary of the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruling for marriage equality. GLAD, the group that fought that case, commemorates the occasion with this video: