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The Morning Pride: September 15, 2011

Welcome to The Morning Pride, ThinkProgress LGBT’s 8:45 AM round-up of the latest in LGBT policy, politics, and some culture too! Here’s what we’re reading this morning, but let us know what you’re checking out too. Follow us all day on Twitter at @TPEquality.

Part 3 of Metro Weekly’s series marking the 15th anniversary of the passage of the Defense of Marriage Act examines the intersection of DOMA with the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

– Equality Matters points out the parallels between House Republicans’ defense of DOMA and proponents’ defense of Proposition 8 in California.

– GetEQUAL is calling on President Obama to come out for marriage equality and help fight the ballot initiative to ban same-sex marriage in North Carolina.

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– Pam Spaulding points out how many families will be hurt by North Carolina’s marriage amendment.

Phone banking is underway in Duluth to help fight Minnesota’s marriage-banning amendment.

– A Christian parent offers his support of California’s FAIR Education Act.

– Equality California celebrates the many pro-LGBT bills that have been passed in 2011.

– Will gay visitors be safe when they attend the Eurovision song contest in Azerbaijan next year?

– Here are five easy tips for HR offices to minimized transgender discrimination in the workplace.

– The site bulliedbygays.com continues to keep track of straight youth who have committed suicide because of how they’ve been bullied by gays and lesbians.

– Country singer Chely Wright talking with MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts about fighting for equality in North Carolina: