The Morning Pride: July 11, 2011

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"The Morning Pride: July 11, 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.

- In case you missed it, on Friday evening John Becker shared his story about undergoing ex-gay therapy at Marcus Bachmann’s clinic. If there was any lingering doubt before that the husband of presidential candidate Michele Bachmann employed the dangerous, unfounded therapy, there is not any longer. A Mormon who underwent ex-gay therapy also recently shared his story online.

- The city of Cambridge, MA will be the first municipality to cover the extra tax burden for employees who have same-sex partners on their health insurance plans.

- Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) penned an editorial this weekend defending politicians’ “right to evolve on gay marriage,” but concluded by saying, “And although it sometimes takes too long, America always ends up on the right side of history.”

- Some companies in New York, such as Corning, I.B.M., and Raytheon, have decided to no longer offer domestic partner benefits, requiring that same-sex couples get married now that it is legal there.

- CNN recently covered the trial of Brandon McInerney, who is faced with charges of murder for shooting his classmate, Lawrence King.

- The National Organization for Marriage and other opponents of equality will protest on July 24 when same-sex couples begin marrying in New York..

- A North Carolina man named Peter Lucas Moses shot 4-year-old Jadon Higganbothan dead for what he called his “gay behavior.”

- The National Association of REALTORS has banned discrimination based on sexual orientation.

- Six Atlanta police officers have been fired for lying about what happened during a 2009 raid on a gay bar.

- The founder of TOMS Shoes, Blake Mycoskie, expressed his regret over speaking at a Focus on the Family event last month, and Focus’s President Jim Daly responded that it was an “unfortunate” and “chilling” statement.

- White Sox player Gordon Beckham and Philadelphia Eagles player DeSean Jackson are both facing scrutiny over making homophobic remarks.

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