The Morning Pride: July 6, 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.

Rodrigo Martinez and his husband, Edwin Echegoyen

– A Maryland immigration judge has reopened the case of a bi-national couple “in the interest of justice.” The order cancels Rodrigo Martinez’s order of removal and suggests in a footnote that the parties should “be prepared to address current policy and/or legal developments relating to the ability of same-sex spouses to benefit from visa petitions filed by United States citizen spouses.” The Advocate highlights several recent victories related to the immigration rights of LGBT Americans.

– Proceedings began yesterday in the case of Brandon McInerney, who, according to prosecutors, carefully planned and carried out the execution of 15-year-old gay classmate, Lawrence King. McInerney’s lawyers are employing a “gay panic” defense, arguing that McInerney was humiliated by King’s sexual advances.

– A grieving New York mother has filed suit with Public School 84 alleging that they didn’t do enough to intervene in the harassment that led to him hanging himself last March.

– President Obama has appointed Army veteran Brenda S. “Sue” Fulton to the West Point Academy advisory board. A 1980 graduate, she is the first openly gay or lesbian to serve as an advisor to the academy.

Jeff and Lori Wilfahrt remember their son Andrew, who died in combat in Afghanistan in February, by taking up the cause of gay rights in his name.

– Linda Harvey of Mission America and Gary Glenn of the American Family Association Michigan chapter discussed yesterday the “employment risks” of hiring gays because of the “severe medical consequences” of being gay.

– Kerry Eleveld responds to Andrew Sullivan about the impact of Obama’s absent position on marriage equality and the consequences of a states’ rights position.

– Brad Pitt proudly supports the marriage equality victory in New York.