The Morning Pride: January 3, 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.

– Ron Paul continues to deny writing the racist and homophobic language in his newsletters.

– The National Organization for Marriage is obsessively promoting Rick Santorum’s momentum in the polls.

Several pro-LGBT laws take effect in California this week, including antibullying policies under “Seth’s Law,” the FAIR Education Act that requires school curricula be LGBT-inclusive, anti-harassment protections for higher education, same-sex divorce provisions, and a transgender non-discrimination law.


– A new Illinois law will allow schools to discipline students for cyberbullying and online threats to fellow students and staff.

– Diana Cantor, wife of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), supports marriage equality.

– New Hampshire Bishop Peter Libasci has offered a prayer to repeal same-sex marriage.

– In its fundraising letters, NOM claims that it’s LGBT activists who are the “anti-marriage bullies.”

– Plans are under way for Spain’s first gay and lesbian retirement home.

– Alan Turing, the World War Two codebreaker who was persecuted for his homosexuality before his death in 1954, is now going to be honored on a British stamp.

– The AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s Elizabeth Taylor float won the Rose Parade’s “Queen’s Trophy”: