The Morning Pride: October 23, 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.

– Rep. Barney Frank (D) makes a compelling case for a partisan approach to LGBT equality.

More from Maryland’s anti-equality campaign: gay people are “after our children, they’re predators.”

– One of Maryland’s top anti-gay donors served jail time earlier this year for conspiring to produce robocalls designed to discourage black voters from voting.

– A new PPP poll shows that only 37 percent of Iowans are committed to retaining Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins, though 20 percent are undecided.

– Security officer Leo Johnson, who was injured while shot while protecting the Family Research Council’s offices, received the District of Columbia mayor’s medal of honor yesterday.

– A Kansas church barred its worship team’s keyboardist from performing after learning he was gay.

– Did the performance of a play about a gay man in Uganda actually alienate people from the issue?

– Kelly Clarkson is prepared to vote for Obama:

CLARKSON: I’ve been reading online about the debates and I’m probably going to vote for Obama again, even though I’m a Republican at heart. I can’t support Romney’s policies as I have a lot of gay friends and I don’t think it’s fair they can’t get married. I’m not a hardcore feminist but we can’t be going back to the 50s. Obama is a great guy. I’ve met him and I’m a fan of Michelle too. She has been busy promoting better education and healthy diets, which is something we could all use a dose of reality on.

– has released its final portrayal of same-sex couples and their allies in the states facing ballot initiatives. Watch stories from Maryland: