The Morning Pride: June 13, 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.

– Today, proceedings in the Proposition 8 trial resume (9 a.m. PST) as a new presiding judge addresses two matters: 1) Should Judge Vaughn Walker’s decision be vacated because he is gay? 2) Should video tapes of the trial be permanently sequestered with the court. Meanwhile, it seems unlikely marriage equality proponents will put the question back on the ballot.

– The heat is on in New York to pass marriage equality, and it seems there may now be enough Republican senators willing to support the measure to make it a reality. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) “has invested heavily” in the issue, but continues to face “a pitched crusade” from groups like the National Organization for Marriage.

– It turns out that the kidnapped “A Gay Girl in Damascus” blogger was a hoax by a male American blogger, who defended the blog because he feels the fictional character’s story accurately reflects conditions in Syria.

– Legally married same-sex couples are facing some unique challenges in regards to their legal status. A lesbian couple in California has been struggling to declare joint bankruptcy but is running into trouble from the U.S. Trustee. At the same time, the I.R.S. has apologized for making it even more complicated for some couples to file their taxes.

– Some municipalities are considering new LGBT measures: Orlando is pursuing a registry for gay couples and San Diego is trying to expand its transgender non-discrimination protections.

– Poland’s gay pride parade faced violence this weekend as Polish ultra-nationalists threw firecrackers and hurled homophobic epithets.

– Though Neil Patrick Harris suggested that the Tony Awards aren’t just for gays anymore, it was an important night for the LGBT community, particularly with the big wins for Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart about the rise of the AIDS epidemic. Upon its winning of Best Revival of a Play last night, Kramer shared these powerful words:

KRAMER: To gay people everywhere, whom I love so dearly, The Normal Heart is our history. I could not have written it had not so many needlessly died. Learn from it and carry on the fight. Let them know that we are a very special people, an exceptional people, and that, our day will come.

Enjoy Harris’s satirical opening number: