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.
– Activists used Valentine’s Day to protest marriage inequality by requesting same-sex marriage licenses, and some of the sit-ins lead to arrests. The demonstrations included actions in California, Texas, South Carolina, and two in Virginia.
– Oklahoma has elected its first openly gay state senator.
– The Omaha, Nebraska City Council passed a rather weak anti-discrimination resolution last night that does not carry the weight of law enforcement.
– Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) is unsure if he supports marriage equality.
– New York’s anti-gay Sen. Rev. Ruben Dias (D) will rally against marriage equality in Trenton, NJ.
– Meet Jorge Gutierrez, who is both queer and undocumented.
– Speaking of “queer,” it’s apparently a word that the New Yorker won’t publish.
– Bob Vander Plaats of Iowa’s The FAMiLY LEADER is very concerned that the governor’s title is on an LGBTQ youth conference, suggesting the conference is “encouraging dangerous and unhealthy behavior.”
– Australian rules football player Bob Murphy thinks the growing acceptance for gay players is fostering a “sick fascination” with players’ sexuality.
– The President of Gambia says the country will never accept homosexuality or gay rights.
– Watch this touching video of an Italian gay couple’s marriage celebration: