The Morning Pride: June 15, 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.

One vote away from marriage equality in New York: “Senator Roy McDonald, R-Saratoga, told the Times Union Tuesday that he will back a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. He becomes the 31st senator to proclaim his public support for the bill. It needs 32 votes to pass the Senate.” Cuomo submitted his marriage bill yesterday. [Times Union]

New York Sen. Mark J. Grisanti could be the decider: Grisanti said on Tuesday that he “was moving from opposed to undecided on the issue.” “It’s something I think about almost every second of every day in the last couple of weeks,” he said. [Buffalo News]

Request to vacate Prop 8 ruling over Judge’s gayness denied: “The presumption that Judge Walker, by virtue of being in a same-sex relationship, had a desire to be married that rendered him incapable of making an impartial decision, is as warrantless as the presumption that a female judge is incapable of being impartial in a case in which women seek legal relief,” the court ruled. [AmericaBlog]

Obama’s relationship improves with LGBT community: “I think that people always took the president at his word that the commitments he made in the 2008 campaign were heartfelt and that he meant them,” said Richard Socarides, president of Equality Matters who does not count himself among the jaded. “I think what we learned about his governing style is that he is very process-oriented. He gets a plan in his mind and there is no changing course. He said at a gay pride event in 2009, ‘Give me eight years.’ A lot of us didn’t want to wait eight years. But two years into it, he has delivered on some pretty important, incremental, pieces.” [Sam Stein]

Education Department stresses importance of school gay groups: A letter from Secretary of Education Arne Duncan affirms that gay-straight alliance groups “should be afforded the same rights and protections as other student clubs at public secondary schools.” [Andrew Harmon]

El Paso restores rights to gays: “El Paso’s City Council on Tuesday reinstated health insurance benefits to gay and unmarried couples as well as other current and former city workers who were the unintended targets of a voter-approved ordinance.” [AP]

Dan Choi still facing charges over 2010 DADT protests: Yesterday, “U.S. Magistrate Judge Alan Kay set an Aug. 29 trial date for Choi on federal charges of violating a federal regulation prohibiting “interfering with agency functions,” specifically disobeying a lawful order of the National Park Service.” [Chris Geidner]

Pat Roberts thinks straight actors are being forced to play gay roles: “…the American people overwhelmingly vote for traditional marriage between a man and a woman, what is it with Hollywood, I mean they are inserting gays one after another, as a matter of fact straight actors are being forced to play gay roles.” [Towleroad]