The Morning Pride: January 30, 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.

– The Washington Post reports that Ron Paul signed off on the racist and homophobic newsletters that bear his name.

– Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley spoke at Creating Change yesterday, reiterating his support for marriage equality and gender identity nondiscrimination protections. Meanwhile, Maryland First Lady Katie O’Malley has apologized for calling the legislators who turned against marriage equality last year “cowards.”

– In its new magazine issue, OutServe takes on “The New DADT: Transgender Service.”

– Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and other conservative leaders met on Friday to develop strategies for supporting the anti-same-sex marriage amendment.

– North Carolinians are taking to college campuses to fight the proposed discrimination amendment there, including in drag.

– The Illinois Human Rights Commission is allowing a suit to proceed against a bed & breakfast that refused to host a civil union ceremony.

– Did Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) try to take his title off a conference supporting LGBTQ youth?

– Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings is reconsidering joining the group of mayors supporting marriage equality after meeting with LGBT leaders.

– Idaho activists are now campaigning to “Add the Words” sexual orientation and gender identity to the state’s non-discrimination protections.

– A report released last week highlights the importance of LGBT equality for the financial security of same-sex families.

– A new study suggests that education and critical thinking could be the key to reducing prejudice in society.

– In the Church of England, the Archbishop of York thinks Prime Minister David Cameron is a “dictator” for supporting marriage equality, while a former Archbishop of Canterbury now supports an ex-gay therapist.

– Over 180 members of the European Parliament, including its president, have signed a pledge to support gay rights.

– A gay Russian flight attendant trying to create an LGBT employee support group was forced to marry his former high school girlfriend.