The Morning Pride: April 6, 2012

Welcome to The Morning Pride, ThinkProgress LGBT’s daily round-up of the latest in LGBT policy, politics, and some culture too! Here’s what we’re reading this morning, but please let us know what stories you’re following as well. Follow us all day on Twitter at @TPEquality.

– The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) has joined the chorus of voices calling on President Obama to issue an executive order requiring federal contractors not to discriminate against LGBT employees.

– Maryland state Rep. Sam Arora (D) is now outright lying to his constituents about his past position on same-sex marriage, and his constituents confirm the lie.

– A young leader from the Junior Board of Catholic Charities has resigned in protest over Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s comments to the LGBT community and disregard for the plight of homeless LGBT youth.

– Meanwhile, the Catholic Church continues to defund charities in Colorado that have any affiliation with any group connected to LGBT rights.

– The Washington, DC city council might finally vote on an anti-bullying bill that has been stagnant for over a year.

Springfield, Missouri is considering advancing LGBT non-discrimination protections.

– Rhode Island may consider a bill that allows same-sex couples to divorce in the state, though they cannot yet marry there.

– Iowa has had same-sex marriage for three years now without consequence.

– The National Center for Transgender Equality has released a new fact sheet on trans sexual and reproductive health.

– VIDEO: Meet the “radical activists” opposing North Carolina’s discriminatory Amendment One.

– VIDEO: Mildly Relevant News offers a keen alternative to the “Jesus is not a homophobe” t-shirt that has created controversy in an Ohio school (proceeds benefit Equality Ohio).

– This week’s editorial cartoon in the Dallas Voice takes aim at Mitt Romney and his contribution to the National Organization for Marriage: