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.
- According to Public Policy Polling, Minnesotans are “dead even” on amending the Minnesota Constitution to ban same-sex marriage, with 47 percent opposed to the discriminatory amendment and 46 percent supporting. The numbers were similarly split (46-45) over whether same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.
- Meanwhile, the National Organization for Marriage has now partnered with the Minnesota Family Council, the organization that claimed gays and lesbians are more likely to engage in bestiality and consume human excrement. Now there’s a “defense of traditional marriage” you don’t hear coming from national groups very often.
- The marriage battle is also underway in North Carolina, where an amendment isn’t on the ballot yet, but the legislature is considering one. Change.org is hosting a petition to tell NC business leaders like Bank of America, Hanesbrands, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, and Lowe’s to voice their opposition now and help keep the measure from ever making it to the ballot.
- Speaking of state-level marriage issues, did you know that there are 19 states who allow you to marry your first cousin? That’s compared to the six (plus DC) who allow two unrelated adults of the same-sex. What exactly is “traditional marriage” anyway?
- In non-marriage news, an interesting case is underway in which a San Francisco gay softball team is being sued by three bisexual men who were excluded from the team for not being gay enough. A U.S. District Judge has said the suit can proceed.