The Morning Pride: April 25, 2012

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.

– By winning his Democratic primary yesterday, Brian Sims will become Pennsylvania’s first openly gay legislator.

– Openly gay Republican presidential candidate Fred Karger’s “sexy frisbee” ad was removed from YouTube, presumably because of conservatives flagging it as inappropriate simply for having a same-sex kiss.

– The Episcopal Church in North Carolina has come out against the discriminatory Amendment One, and the Elon University Student Government Association intends to do the same.


– Meanwhile, the the measure’s proponents have released an ad prominently featuring religious messages and people of color, propagating the National Organization for Marriage’s strategy of creating a wedge between black voters and the gay community.

– A lawsuit challenging Minnesota’s laws against same-sex marriage is advancing, and could complicate messaging on the proposed amendment that would codify those laws.

– An amendment to prohibit state funding of dangerous ex-gay therapy in Minnesota’s omnibus health policy bill failed.

– Eau Claire, Wisconsin has approved insurance benefits for domestic partners.

– Conservatives, apparently led by NOM’s new chairman John Eastman, are still attempting to challenge California’s FAIR Education Act, which mandates that curricula be LGBT-inclusive.


– Blogger Alvin McEwen uncovered a secret Facebook group where many prominent anti-gay activists apparently collaborate on messaging and strategy.

– The American Prospect offers a concise look at the way U.S. evangelicals have exported their anti-gay rhetoric to Africa.

– Rep. Bob Filner (D-CA) has joined several LGBT leaders in urging the Navy to name the next appropriate ship after Harvey Milk.

– Two days after winning a spot on the women’s U.S. Olympic wrestling team, Stephany Lee married her partner Brigg McDonald in Iowa.