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.
– Meet 14 same-sex couples who are celebrating their first Valentine’s Day today as spouses.
– The State Department has issued new guidance for LGBT Americans who travel abroad.
– Today, the Illinois Senate will vote on (and likely pass) marriage equality.
– An Illinois judge has ruled that the legal case challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage can proceed.
– Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano testified on behalf of protecting same-sex bi-national couples at a Senate immigration hearing Wednesday.
– A Utah school has reversed and will now allow “Singing Valentines” to be delivered to same-sex students today.
– As expected, many same-sex couples are traveling to Washington to marry, bringing new income to the state.
– Germany will now allow birth certificates for children born intersex to not force a sex designation.
– Comic book stores in Dallas and San Francisco will refuse to sell the new Superman comics penned by the homophobic Orson Scott Card.
– President Obama has endorsed Orlando to host the 2018 Gay Games.