The Morning Pride: January 4, 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.

– Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum essentially tied for the win in last night’s Iowa caucuses. The National Organization for Marriage has dubbed Santorum a “Catholic hero.”

– NOM spent over $80,000 running ads against Ron Paul in Iowa.

– Rick Perry is going back to Texas to “assess” the caucus results and “determine whether there is a path forward” for him in the race. Both he and Michele Bachmann have scrapped their South Carolina schedules.

– Will the LGBT community feel welcome at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina — particularly if North Carolina passes the constitutional amendment banning all same-sex unions?

– A new Republican group is forming in Colorado to support civil unions.

– Arizona state Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D), who is openly bi, has announced she is running for Congress.

– The New Zealand tampon company Libra has decided not to run its transphobic commercial.

– While wife-swapping with Gary Busey, disgraced evangelical pastor Ted Haggard admitted he supports civil unions for same-sex couples.

– NBA superstar Magic Johnson is calling on rappers to speak out against homophobia.

– Dan Savage thinks social conservatives like Rick Santorum should not get away with claiming they have “gay friends” if they can’t actually produce them.

– Check out the new tumblr, “Notes From Inside The Closet,” where LGBT individuals anonymously express thoughts to family, friends, and loved ones.

– In one of the oddest moments from last night, watch as Marcus Bachmann reacts when his wife reveals he bought some doggy sunglasses: