The Morning Pride: June 23, 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.

– Let’s try this again… Today is the day! The Twitter rumor mill has accentuated the anticipation as we await the conclusion of the marriage equality fight in New York. (Of course, if it does not pass, the fight presses on for another year!) Debate continues in closed sessions about religious exemptions as other issues (like a property tax cap and rent control) also demand attention. Even Sen. Greg Ball (R), who has opposed the bill, is calling for an up-or-down vote. Carlos Maza at Equality Matters debunks the fear-mongering coming from “legal experts” and Paul Schindler of Gay City News offers an eloquent analysis this morning on the anxiety and weariness of the long fight.

– President Obama is on his way to New York tonight for a an LGBT fundraising event, a $1,250-per-plate “Gala with the Gay Community.” Many are wondering if he will chime in on the marriage fight (and if it will be in time to help New York). A coalition of direct action groups will demonstrate outside the event “for Full LGBT Equality.”

– Despite optimism earlier this month that he might, it now seems unlikely that Defense Secretary Robert Gates will certify the repeal of Dont’ Ask, Don’t Tell before he retires.

– Equality California is the latest LGBT organization to withdraw an anti-net neutrality letter, following similar actions by GLAAD and The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force. The influence of AT&T on these organizations’ boards seems to be the root cause of this burgeoning controversy.

– A jury of Methodist clergy have unanimously found The Rev. Amy DeLong of Osceola, WI “guilty” of marrying a lesbian couple in 2009. She was acquitted, however, of being a “self-avowed practicing homosexual” herself. Her penalty has not yet been decided, but it could range from suspension to defrocking, according to the United Methodist Church’s Book of Discipline.

– Enjoy this editorial cartoon from the Dallas Voice: