The Morning Pride: January 3, 2013

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.

– A technicality kept the Illinois Senate from considering the marriage equality bill yesterday, but it will likely proceed today.

– Meanwhile, Springfield, Illinois is planning to expand health insurance coverage to the dependents of city employees in civil unions.

– The Obama administration is now in the awkward position of arguing against a gay discrimination claim.

– Westboro Baptist Church tried to protest Maryland same-sex marriages, but we’re outnumbered by supporters.

– The anti-gay Liberty Counsel wants to use Christian rap to reach high school students.

– There is much to learn about the struggles of the gay community from the death of AIDS activist Spencer Cox.

– Several same-sex couples attempted to apply for marriage licenses in Hattiesburg, Mississippi through the Campaign for Southern Equality’s “We Do” campaign.

– France’s first baby of 2013 was born to a lesbian couple.

– Lady Gaga will embark on a tour with her Born This Way Foundation that will include a “Born Brave Bus” to provide a safe space for 13- to 25-year-olds “to learn more about local resources on anti-bullying, suicide prevention, and mental health services.”

– Singer Ke$ha has come out as bisexual and said she wants to stand up to anti-LGBT bullying.

Androgynous model Andrej Pejic graces the cover of this month’s Serbian Elle.

– Filipino wedding videographer Jason Magbanua shares with us the lovely wedding of “J & P”: