The Morning Pride: December 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 as well. Follow us all day on Twitter at @TPEquality.

– Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) has become the 32nd sponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act, which repeals the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act.

– When it comes to Minnesota’s marriage inequality amendment, there is a significant generational divide among Republicans.

– The California group Love Honor Cherish has gotten approval to start collecting signatures to repeal Proposition 8 at the ballot.

– The North Carolina Psychological Association has come out against the proposed constitutional amendment that bans same-sex marriage, civil unions, and domestic partnerships.

– The North Carolina shooting range has taken down its “converting pansies daily” billboard.

– A Mississippi mayor who was married with kids was outed as gay when receipts showed he’d improperly used $170,000 of city funds on personal expenses, including for items at a gay adult store.

– A campaign is underway to establish LGBT non-discrimination protections in Helena, Montana.

South Dakota’s religious communities wrestle with their beliefs about homosexuality.

– Connecticut Gov. Daniel Malloy (D) has named a gay married man as his chief of staff, former deputy comptroller Mark Ojakian.

– Did an anti-LGBT environment in the military impact Pfc. Bradley Manning’s decision to leak secrets to Wikileaks? Lt. Dan Choi thinks it’s the United States that’s on trial, not Manning.

– A Malaysian student who had been “missing” from his family for three years was found when pictures of his civil partnership in Ireland turned up on the internet.

Soldiers and students in South Korea face struggles without non-discrimination protections.

– Watch as 18-year-old Owen Middleton documents his transition as a transgender man.

– Fans have begun petitioning Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow to participate in the “It Gets Better” campaign.