The Morning Pride: May 18, 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.

Equality Matters expertly dissects the argument that the passing of state marriage amendments is indicative of American opposition to same-sex marriage.

– Florida’s Volusia County created a domestic partnership registry with a 6-1 vote by its council last night, making it the first county-wide registry in the state.

– A group of 80 former Catholic priests are speaking out against Minnesota’s marriage inequality amendment.

The American Independent examines ActRight, the conservative fundraising tool conspicuously run by the National Organization for Marriage.

– President Obama is ending black America’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy on LGBT equality.

– A new poll finds that 47 percent of Russians believe “media and propaganda” are the “key factors contributing to development of a person’s non-traditional sexual orientation.”

– Protesters and counter-protesters faced off in St. Petersburg, Russia yesterday in the first official pride rally held since the city’s law banning gay “propaganda” took effect.

Rapper T.I. has joined Jay-Z and Will Smith in supporting marriage equality and President Obama.

Ben Folds believes North Carolina’s Amendment One is “embarrassing.”

– Led by Iowan Zach Wahls, same-sex families lobbied Congress for equality yesterday. Watch Wahls discuss their efforts on CNN: