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.
– Tennessee LGBT activists are advocating for President Obama to sign an executive order requiring nondiscrimination protections for federal contractors to compensate for the state’s ban on implementing such policies at the municipal level.
– A coalition of 54 LGBT groups are calling on Obama to delay immigration proceedings on any bi-national same-sex couple until after the Supreme Court rules on the Defense of Marriage Act in June.
– The American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer believes that if the Supreme Court overturns DOMA and Prop 8, “it will be the end of representative government in the United States.”
– The National Organization for Marriage considered starting a “Dan Cathy Club” to rally behind the anti-gay preaching of the Chick-fil-A president and COO.
– German conservatives have rejected a plan to provide equal tax benefits to same-sex couples in civil unions.
– American Apparel will help the marriage equality fight in France by giving away 10,000 “Legalize Gay” shirts.
– The UK will introduce marriage equality legislation next year.
– Steve Czaban and Andy Pollin, ESPN Radio hosts in Washington, DC, engaged in a disgustingly offensive rant against trans college basketball player Gabrielle Ludwig, for which they only offered a 10-second “apology.” Listen to the rant: