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.
- At last evening’s White House Pride Month reception, President Obama celebrated the accomplishments of his administration and announced that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell repeal will be certified within week. He also said, “I’ve met my commitments to the LGBT community,” and urging patience, told attendees that he “expected to be judged not by the promises I made but by the promises I kept.” Watch it now:
- The Rhode Island legislature approved a civil unions bill last night, but gay rights groups are urging Gov. Lincoln Chafee (I) to veto it because of its over-the-top “religious exemptions” that allow civil unions to be completely ignored.
- MSNBC has a feature piece about the prospects of marriage equality in 2012 — where we’ve been and where we might be going.
- The Human Rights Campaign store in Washington’s Dupont Circle was vandalized this week with pink paint. A radical queer activist group claimed credit, suggesting that HRC is a “sad, sick dinosaur.”
- Actress Charlize Theron has spoken out for marriage equality and declared that she will not marry until same-sex couples can.
- A NASCAR Red Bull Racing crewman was fired for an anti-gay tweet about a gay pride banner.
- The Midwest doesn’t always get a lot of attention on political blogs, so today we want to draw attention to this warmly supportive editorial from The Oklahoma Daily:
Over the weekend, Oklahoma’s gay community showed its pride with a parade in Oklahoma City. Hundreds of people beat the heat to show their support and had a good time while doing it.
This is refreshing, since Oklahoma’s gay community does not usually have a high profile. When issues concerning gays are raised in this conservative state, it’s often in response to some sort of tragedy.
It is wonderful to see the community standing up on its own terms with its head held high.