The Morning Pride: December 28, 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.

– Ron Paul’s campaign has dismissed a a former staffer’s description of the candidate as anti-gay and racist, calling him “a disgruntled former staffer who was fired for performance issues” who “should not be taken seriously.”

– Of course, Paul’s Iowa campaign director Mike Heath is known for his extreme anti-gay views.

– Read quotes from Paul’s controversial newsletters (that he has repeatedly defended) in tweet form.

– The North Carolina Family Policy Council thinks marriage equality puts marriage in the crosshairs.

– The head of North Carolina’s Baptist convention wants to keep the marriage inequality amendment debate “civil,” though he has no problem calling homosexuality a sin and a threat to children.

– Lambda Legal has released a legal guide to Delaware’s civil unions, which become legal January 1.

– Did President Nixon have a gay affair?

– The National Organization for Marriage’s Rabbi Yehuda Levin objects to Mitt Romney’s campaign, because it would further the “homosexualization” of society and “increase the likelihood of Sandusky-like child abuse.”

– Spain’s now former prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero says legalizing same-sex marriage is one of his proudest achievements.

In The Life takes a closer look at the film “Pariah” about an African-American lesbian’s coming of age: