The Morning Pride: July 19, 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 Department of Justice has filed an additional brief in the Log Cabin Republicans’ case against Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, arguing that the law’s repeal should be managed by the Executive Branch and not by the courts.

– Prop 8 Trial Tracker features the testimony of three couples who will speak at today’s presser where Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) will discuss repealing the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

– Iraq war veteran Dan Choi is speaking out about the fact that none of the witnesses in tomorrow’s Senate Judiciary hearing on DOMA are people of color, calling it “exclusively white and privileged.”

– When Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is finally repealed, same-sex couples still will not have benefits because of the Defense of Marriage Act.

– An Illinois judge has ruled that Catholic Charities can continue providing adoption and foster care services until a mid-August case decides whether they can operate in the long-term discriminating against couples in civil unions.

– Merchants in the Castro, San Francisco’s gay neighborhood, have approved a request to fly the New York state flag this weekend in honor of marriage equality becoming legal in the Empire State.