The Morning Pride: July 25, 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.

– Yesterday was the first day marriage was legal for same-sex couples in New York! New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) married two of his staffers on live television and even Google Maps was celebrating. But the National Organization for Marriage also protested the day and Jeremy Hooper has a great round-up of their “not anti-gay” messaging.

– Now that the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell has been certified, the Pentagon is examining some of the implications, such as troop benefits. The New York Times applauded the certification as “One Step Forward, More To Take.” But meanwhile, Dan Choi is still being asked to pay for his discharge.

– The Navy has censured a former commander for allowing a subordinate to be tagged with anti-gay slurs.

– Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) was on CNN’s State of the Union yesterday to discuss the “Respect for Marriage Act,” which would repeal the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act.

– Maryland Catholic leadership is criticizing Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) for publicly supporting a campaign for marriage equality.

– Gary Gimmestad points out that anti-LGBT violence is on the rise in Minnesota as a result of the effort to ban same-sex marriage in the state’s constitution.

– The attorneys defending Brandon McInerney for shooting his classmate Lawrence King in the head are continuing to flush out a “gay panic” defense.

– Today the NAACP will hold its first-ever town hall on LGBT issues.

– An editorial cartoon: The Statute of Liberty: