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.
– Michele Bachmann won the Ames Straw Poll, but not before she and her husband each enjoyed a corn dog. Yesterday, she said on CNN that she would reinstate Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell because it “has worked very well.” She also told David Gregory on Meet The Press that she would appoint an openly gay person to her Cabinet if they were competent and “shared her views.”
– Rick Perry also announced his candidacy at an event in South Carolina. Here are five things you should know about his anti-gay agenda.
– Fred Karger vied for votes at the straw poll pushing around a wheelbarrow full of frisbees.
– Rick Santorum says he’ll “never back down” from opposing abortion and fighting gay rights.
– Gay service members may have a tough time returning to service after Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is repealed.
– Oregon’s LGBT activists are gearing up for a ballot campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in 2012.
– Unfortunately, the Minnesota Family Council has its organizing under way as well, but to ban same-sex marriage in 2012.
– Former Iowa state senator Jeff Angelo reminds us that many Iowa conservatives support marriage freedom.
– At a forum in Humboldt Park, Chicago, Vida/SIDA and Lambda Legal looked at the intersection between immigration and Illinois’ new civil union law.
– Prague held its first gay pride march this weekend!
– Some openly gay servicemembers marched in Germany’s pride parade.
– A man in Cameroon was detained for “homosexuality.”
– A bishop from Uganda has vowed to fight the “sexual apartheid” of discrimination and oppression against LGBT people.
– A gay man and transgender woman have married in Cuba, and some are calling it the country’s first “gay wedding.”
– Author Terrance Dean looks at the intersections of homophobia and hip-hop.