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The Morning Pride: January 19, 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.

– One of the chief opponents of same-sex marriage in New Hampshire is trying to make an economic argument for his position, but he seems more interested in making couples leave the state than prosper in it.

– Freedom to Marry and One Iowa have launchedWhy Marriage Matters Iowa.”

– Students at Catholic University of America recently protested comments by Chicago Cardinal Francis George comparing the LGBT movement to the KKK.

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– The Virginia Board of Juvenile Justice has voted to include sexual orientation in the nondiscrimination protections for its residential facilities, despite recommendations from Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) to strip them.

– The Illinois Department of Corrections has appointed a “Gender Identity Committee” to decide where a recently sentenced transgender inmate should be jailed.

– A 16-year-old student in Keller, Texas is collecting signatures to encourage the city council to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation in public accommodations.

– The American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer believes God will cure AIDS if all gay men simply stop having sex.

– The National Organization for Marriage has pledged $250,000 from its endless vault of money toward fighting any Washington state Republican Senator who supports marriage equality.

– Cuba may legalize same-sex civil unions by the end of 2012.

– GLAAD has announced the nominees for its Media Awards: