The Morning Pride: July 20, 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.

This morning the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold its first ever hearings on repealing the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). It will begin at 9:45 and will be live-streamed. Make sure you are following us on Twitter (@TPEquality) for live updates from the hearings! Here are some links to catch you up on what to expect:

– Chris Geidner at Metro Weekly has a great synopsis about where things stand with DOMA leading into today’s hearing.

– Yesterday, the Obama administration announced its support for the Respect for Marriage Act (RMA), the bill that would repeal DOMA.

– The GOP has invited three opponents of equality to testify. Read about the anti-gay reputations that precede them and preview their testimony over at Good As You. It seems Rep. Steve King (R-IA) will also testify this morning in support of maintaining DOMA.

– Among those speaking for equality are HRC’s Joe Solmonese, Freedom to Marry’s Evan Wolfson, and three individuals whose relationships have been hindered by DOMA. Reps. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and John Lewis (D-GA) will also denounce DOMA.

– Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) is the sponsor of the RMA and she said in a news conference yesterday with the Courage Campaign that “We will continue this effort until the battle is won.” Three couples shared their stories at that conference as well, and Prop 8 Trial Tracker has their testimony.

Some other links this morning:

– The archbishop of Baltimore wants the governor of Maryland to know that “Maryland is not New York” when it comes to legalizing marriage equality.

– A lesbian couple was told to stop holding hands while visiting a San Francisco exhibit about lesbian writer and poet Gertrude Stein.

– Ghana’s Western Region Minister has ordered the immediate arrest of all gays and lesbians in the region.