The Morning Pride: January 29, 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.

– The New York Times has called on President Obama to chime in on the Proposition 8 case lest he imply he “lacks confidence in the constitutional claims for ending gay people’s exclusion from marriage.”

– Veteran Iowa Republican strategist Dave Kochel hopes to help his party embrace a shift away from “culture wars” issues like same-sex marriage.

– The COO of Square, the multi-billion dollar company that allows for mobile payments, has stepped down to avoid bad publicity about a sexual harassment lawsuit from his ex-boyfriend.

– A former Honolulu City Councilman lost his nomination to the Ethics Board of Appeals after making public comments comparing homosexuality to murder, stealing, and drug abuse.

– A new survey shows that a whopping 75 percent of Irish voters support marriage equality.

– GLAAD has produced an LGBT guide to Facebook’s Graph Search.

– The Ohio State University hockey team is hosting a first-ever Pride Night in conjunction with Gay Hockey Ohio and the Ohio Mayhem (the state’s only gay hockey team).

– One Tumblr user successfully came out to her parents with a cake that said “I’m gay” in frosting and included a pun-riddled note: