The Morning Pride: January 10, 2012

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 Jon Huntsman have tied for the win among the nine midnight voters in Dixville Notch, NH.

MetroWeekly points out that Rick Santorum inadvertently admitted that single moms are “doing the work of two people” — as opposed to “a mother and a father” — essentially exposing the flaw in many of his arguments against same-sex marriage.

– A petition is calling on Rick Santorum to debate Zach Wahls, the articulate Iowa college student who was raised by two moms.

– A new study looks at the shocking poverty levels in the LGBT community: 64 percent of transgender people make less than $25,000 a year.

– Marriage Equality Rhode Island wants  to know when Sen. Jack Reed (D) is going to support repealing the Defense of Marriage Act.

– An anti-gay activist is already proposing a referendum to challenge Washington’s marriage equality legislation.

– Ernst & Young is the latest for-profit company to reimburse employees in same-sex couples who have higher tax burdens for their benefits.

Queerty looks at LGBT bookstores around the world.

– The new music video “Shades of Purple” about marriage equality uses incredible shadow puppetry to tell the song’s story:

– Today is the New Hampshire primary, which seems a prime time to highlight satirical candidate Vermin Supreme. After touting a platform of dental hygiene, ponies, and zombie energy turbines, the boot-hatted Supreme concluded December’s “Lesser Known Candidates” debate by glitterbombing anti-choice, anti-gay activist Randall Terry because “Jesus told me to make Randall Terry gay with a batch of sprinkle dust.” Watch it: