The Morning Pride: September 11, 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.

– Marriage equality is not uniform across New Mexico, but the federal government is recognizing the same-sex marriages that are taking place there.

– Advocates who were hoping for a 2014 ballot initiative to pass marriage equality in Arizona have abandoned their effort.

– It now seems that Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi are the only states who are not following the Pentagon’s guidance for providing same-sex spousal benefits to National Guard servicemembers.


– Openly gay New York City Council candidate Corey Johnson won his primary race Tuesday.

– The anti-gay Democratic mayoral candidate endorsed by the National Organization for Marriage only garnered 2.4 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s primary.

– A North Carolina teacher has been disciplined for playing Macklemore’s “Same Love” to students.

– The Westboro Baptist Church was met with a rousing counter-protest in the small town of Bozeman, Montana.

– Iowa conservative Bob Vander Plaats believe’s Putin is strengthening Russia with anti-gay laws.

– A new poll finds that 51 percent of Russians would not “under any circumstances” want to have have a gay neighbor or work colleague.

– Russian LGBT activists had a mixed reaction to their meeting with President Obama.

– Michael Jordan’s daughter, Jasmine, has come out as lesbian.