The Morning Pride: July 18, 2011

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"The Morning Pride: July 18, 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 Ninth Circuit has reinstated Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell at the request of the Department of Justice, but the court ruled that the military can’t investigate or discharge suspected gay or lesbian soldiers. Over the weekend, some 300 active-duty troops marched in San Diego’s LGBT Pride parade.

- The unedited clip of Marcus Bachmann’s interview has been released, proving that he did, in fact, refer to gay people as “barbarians.”

- Carlos Maza at Equality Matters outlines the top five right-wing lines being used to defend Michele Bachmann from media attention to her husband’s clinic offering reparative therapy.

- Alan Chambers of Exodus International, an umbrella organization for ex-gay ministries, told ABC News’ Brian Ross that homosexuality is comparable to obesity and reparative therapy to Weight Watchers.

- A conservative group in California known as the Capitol Resource Institute has filed the paperwork necessary to collect signature for a referendum overturning the FAIR Education Act.

- Chris Good at The Atlantic predicts the downfall of political pledges.

- A second New York town clerk has resigned so as to not perform same-sex marriages because of a conflict with her faith.

- Jim Dabakis is the first openly gay man to be elected as the Utah Democratic Party’s chairman.

- A new poll shows that most New Mexicans support legal status for same-sex couples.

- An Indiana man was rejected from donating blood because he “appears to be a homosexual.”

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