The Morning Pride: March 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.

– Pennsylvania’s openly gay state Rep. Brian Sims (D) is calling on Sen. Bob Casey (D) to join his fellow Democratic Senators in coming out for marriage equality.

– If Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) becomes the Democratic nominee to fill Secretary of State John Kerry’s former Senate seat, Massachusetts state Rep. Carl Sciortino (D) may run for Markey’s seat, positioning himself to be Congress’s 8th openly LGBT lawmaker.

– A Family Research Council senior fellow claimed that “gay martyr Matthew Shepherd” [sic] was beaten to death because his assailants were “fatherless.”

– Rush Limbaugh has admitted that same-sex marriage “is now inevitable,” but he’s not happy about it.

– A new study finds that bystanders more harshly judge the parenting of same-sex couples than opposite-sex couples, holding them to a higher standard just because of their sexual orientation.

– The Harry Potter Alliance, whose slogan is “The Weapon We Have Is Love,” has come out for marriage equality.

Willie Nelson is a proud supporter of marriage equality, but he says, “I’d never marry a guy I didn’t like.”

– If you didn’t get a chance to read or listen to Tuesday’s Supreme Court oral arguments in the Proposition 8 case, this “truncated transcript” is an informative and entertaining take.

– LGBT homeless youth describe the rejection they experienced in Christian households.

– The CDC has launched has launched a new LGBT-inclusive ad campaign encouraging people to quite smoking: