The Morning Pride: July 21, 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.

– Here’s a quick round-up of our coverage of yesterday’s hearing on the Defense of Marriage Act:

– Was Sen. Grassley Talking About Maggie Gallagher? No.
– Sen. Leahy: Are children better off off if their parents can marry? Focus on the Family: Yes.
– Sen. Franken: I frankly don’t really know how we can trust the rest of your testimony.
– Why Focus on the Family’s “fatherless” studies are a red herring.
– Sen. Schumer: Same-sex couples in  New York will still face inequality after they marry.

– One Iowa has launched a petition calling for The FAMiLY LEADER’s Bob Vander Plaats to apologize for laughing at a “faggot” joke. Vander Plaats also has a history of encouraging birtherism.

– President Obama has nominated a fourth openly gay judge to the federal judiciary.

– The Center for Military Readiness, one of the chief opponents of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’s repeal, apparently has not been managing its finances very effectively.

– An AP article about resistance to New York’s marriage equality avoids quoting one pro-gay person and refers to what would have been the “best” chance to block the new law.

– The Toronto Sun offers the “Top 10 places to celebrate gay rights.”

– Stephen Colbert stepped out of his Colbert Report character to offer a sincere and heartfelt “It Gets Better” video. Watch it: