The Morning Pride: February 13, 2012

Welcome to The Morning Pride, ThinkProgress LGBT’s 8:45 AM round-up of the latest in LGBT policy, politics, and some culture too! Here’s what we’re reading this morning, but let us know what you’re checking out as well. Follow us all day on Twitter at @TPEquality.

– Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire (D) will sign the marriage equality bill today, starting the clock for those seeking to overturn the law with a referendum. The New Jersey Senate will also vote on marriage equality today.

– Friday’s hearing on same-sex marriage in the Maryland House of Representatives spanned over eight hours. MetroWeekly and the Washington Blade have highlights.

– For the latest news and events on the campaign against North Carolina’s Amendment One (banning recognition of all same-sex relationships), follow the Vote Against Amendment One tumblr.


– Baltimore Sun columnist Dan Rodricks clears the air on transgender non-discrimination protections and absurd bathroom fears: “Go in, do your business, and get out, no eye contact. Oh, and wash your hands.”

– Iowa’s The FAMiLY Leader is upset that Gov. Terry Branstad (R) is allowing his title to remain on a conference for LGBTQ youth, even though he’s not even attending.

– A Virginia school is considering banning students from dressing as the opposite gender.

– In response to the violent beating that took place last week, Georgia state Rep. Rashad Taylor (D) has introduced a hate crimes bill.

– In case you missed it, watch CNN’s Don Lemon grill the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins for not condemning violence against LGBT people.


Maggie Gallagher’s media appearances provide more opportunities to showcase the National Organization for Marriage’s anti-gay record.

– Charles M. Blow unpacks the Roland Martin controversy, criticizing the narrow view of manhood Martin’s tweets reinforced.

– Two marriage equality bills have been introduced in the parliament of Australia.

– Box Turtle Bulletin takes a close look at the language of Uganda’s “Kill The Gays” bill.

– The San Francisco Police Department has become the first law enforcement agency to say, “It Gets Better.”

– ABC’s asks What Would You Do if you overheard a young man receiving ex-gay therapy: