The Morning Pride: February 14, 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.

– Today’s Google Doodle for Valentine’s Day features a same-sex couple that appears to be getting married. More on the Doodle at TechCrunch.

– NOM’s Maggie Gallagher talked to Equality Matters about how she believes being gay is a choice.

– The effort to defeat North Carolina’s Amendment One, which bans any legal recognition of same-sex couples, prepares for the “Running of the Bulls,” with multiple upcoming events and support from Clay Aiken!

– Activists challenged LaWana Mayfield, Charlotte’s first openly gay City Council member, about why the city refuses to speak out against the discriminatory amendment.

– The University of North Carolina chancellor has rejected a proposal to offer gender-neutral housing options, citing concerns from “stakeholders off campus.”

– The Colorado Senate Judiciary Committee will hold its first hearing on civil union legislation tomorrow afternoon.

– Advocates from Love Honor Cherish have abandoned an effort to repeal Proposition 8 at the ballot.

– Students at New York University are petitioning to challenge the campus’s Chick-Fil-A, the only location the anti-gay restaurant chain has in all of New York City.

– A poll finds that 61 percent of British Christians support equal rights for gay couples and 74 percent of British Christians think religioun should not influence public policy.

– Illinois has launched a new travel page aimed at LGBT tourists.

– The UK’s L Project has released an “It Does Get Better” music video that will raise money to fight bullying: