The Morning Pride: August 19, 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.

– Does Rick Perry have a porn problem?

– When asked whether it’s possible Republicans like Michele Bachmann could bring back Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell or pass a federal marriage amendment, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) said simply, “No, they will fail.”

– Equality Matters points out that the National Organization for Marriage used its blog to endorse Michele Bachmann’s stance that homosexuality is “enslavement” and Rick Santorum’s support of criminalizing gay sex.

– The Washington Blade asks, “Will Dems embrace marriage in platform?

– A New Jersey bridal store refused to sell a dress to a lesbian bride-to-be, in blatant violation of state laws.

– Lambda Legal helped a transgender teen in a Philadelphia juvenile detention center find justice after she was severely mistreated by the center’s staff and other residents.

– Omaha, NE may reconsider enacting an ordinance to prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

– James Halfaday, who says he’s the first openly gay candidate to run for Charlottesville City Council, has received numerous anti-gay messages since announcing his candidacy.

Three city councils members from across Iowa have joined the advisory board of Iowa Republicans for Freedom, an LGBT advocacy organization.

– A gay Ugandan refugee has been spared deportation from the UK, for now.

– A planned same-sex “kiss-off” to protest the Pope’s visit to Madrid was foiled when Spanish police blocked the protesters‘ access to the street before they could meet up.