The Morning Pride: September 8, 2011

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 too. Follow us all day on Twitter at @TPEquality.

– One question Rick Perry did not have the opportunity to answer last night: would he adopt the Texas Republican Party’s extreme anti-gay platform as his own?

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– The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex Association (IGLA) now offers an interactive map to answer 27 different legal questions for every country around the world.

– England, Scotland, and Wales are planning to lift their lifetime ban on gay men donating blood, though some restrictions will remain.

– The Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins is still upset that Elmhurst College is “incentivizing sin” by offering scholarships to LGBT students (something plenty of universities do).

– Meanwhile, FRC is pouring money into North Carolina with a series of targeted radio ads promoting the proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, suggesting “powerful voices in our state capitol are threatening your right to vote on marriage.”

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– Newlywed country singer Chely Wright has also joined the fight in NC, promising to speak to politicians in the coming week.

– The National Organization for Marriage has promised $75,000 to help defeat New York Assemblyman David Weprin (D) in the election for Anthony Weiner’s seat in Congress. Weprin said last week that marriage equality — which he supported — is a civil rights issue, not a religious one.

– Maryland Del. Emmett C. Burns, Jr. is trying to rally blacks and churches to oppose marriage equality efforts.

– PFAW’s Right Wing Watch has discovered some new clips of “historian” David Barton suggesting that people aren’t born gay just like people aren’t born murderers and that God will curse anybody who votes for gay rights or abortion rights.

– The anti-gay Institute of Religion & Democracy wants credit for not advocating the execution of homosexuals (even though they criticize the State Department for trying to prevent the execution of homosexuals).

– A Texas university professor has filed suit for wrongful termination because of her sexual orientation.

– VIDEO: Barney Frank says, “It Gets Better.”

– VIDEO: A commercial from Marriage Equality Ireland shows how same-sex civil partnerships discriminate against the children of those couples. Watch “Rory’s Story.”

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– VIDEOS: This week is National Suicide Prevention Week, and The Trevor Project raised awareness for it on Friday with a “Talk To Me” flashmob at Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles. Glee’s Kevin McHale (Artie) is also helping promote the “Talk To Me” campaign: