The Morning Pride: July 14, 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.

– The repeal certification of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell edged closer yesterday with the Pentagon confirming that all of the service secretaries, service chiefs, and combatant commanders have submitted their assessments.

– Republican presidential candidates Herman Cain and Tim Pawlenty have now both rejected The FAMiLY LEADER’s “marriage vow” as well, joining Jon Huntsman, Gary Johnson, Mitt Romney, and Fred Karger. So far, only Michelle Bachmann and Rick Santorum have signed. Some are questioning whether the pledge damages The FAMiLY LEADER’s credibility, but its president Bob Vander Plaats says “the pledge has done exactly what we intended.”

– As marriage equality advocates launch their new coalition in Maryland, opponents are threatening a state referendum to ban same-sex marriage.

– Chris Geidner at the Metro Weekly today shares part 2 of his series documenting the passage of the Defense of Marriage Act 15 years ago.

– Judges in New York are signing up for Sunday duty so that they can preside over same-sex marriages when they become legal on July 24th.

– The California Board of Behavioral Sciences is unsure how NARTH, the group that promotes ex-gay therapy in conflict with professional standards, was approved as a provider for clinical study.

– As California approaches its redistricting process, attention may be paid to protecting the LGBT community as an interest group.

– New census data released today shows increases in same-sex couples in Vermont, Oklahoma, and four other states. (Look for a post later today with all the new numbers.)

American Airlines has come out in support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

– A Nigerian women’s soccer coach is taking heat for her anti-gay views as the Women’s World Cup finals approach.