The Morning Pride: January 24, 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.

– Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley will introduce a marriage equality bill this morning. Watch some of the compelling testimony that was shared last year by Del. Heather Mizeur (D):

– Two lesbians who overcame discrimination will sit with First Lady Michelle Obama at the State of the Union tonight, but their stories highlight the discrimination LGBT people still face in the workplace.

– Protect All NC Families has launched a conversation toolkit to help fight North Carolina’s marriage discrimination amendment.

– The American Family Association went pretty far out of its way to distort a controversy over an anti-gay editorial printed in a Wisconsin school newspaper.

– The Anoka-Hennepin School District in Minnesota continues to hear comments on revising its “neutrality” policy to a “controversial topics” policy, but has yet to take action.

– In Anchorage, Alaska, the Alliance Defense Fund is fighting an anti-discrimination ordinance with lies that were quickly debunked locally.

– The Zulu King Goodwill Zqelithini has said that having a same-sex relationship is wrong and “you must know that you are rotten.”

– Olivia Newton-John and Hugh Jackman are showing their support for marriage equality down under.

– Randy Roberts Potts, grandson of televangelist Oral Roberts, has a new performance piece portraying “The Gay Agenda.”

– Six South Carolina same-sex couples applied for marriage licenses and were rejected as part of the WE DO campaign.

– A new short film called “What Do You Know” looks at how elementary school students interact with LGBT issues. Watch the trailer: