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.
– We reported last night that there has been at least one discharge under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell since President Obama signed the repeal process into law. At least one other servicemember –Petty Officer 2nd Class Derek Morado — had a DADT separation hearing, but was not discharged. The distinction seems to be whether a servicemember wants to be discharged or not.
– Yesterday’s marriage equality rally in Raleigh was not the only pressure put on North Carolina’s General Assembly opposing a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Two GetEQUAL activists, along with former U.S. Senate candidate Jim Neal, were arrested for civil disobedience in the Assembly chamber. Neal shared this letter this morning about their actions.
– According to eQualityGiving, an organization committed to online fundraising for LGBT equality, Vermont is the only state that offers full LGBT equality, scoring 6 out of 6 on the group’s Equality Scorecard.
– Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is calling for cuts to BadgerCare that would prevent young low-income men from accessing HIV and Hepatitis C testing. His proposal also has numerous restrictions for women’s access to family planning services.
– It’s Friday and Pride Month, so enjoy this editorial cartoon from the Dallas Voice: