The Morning Pride: July 27, 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 Washington Blade points out that Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s “states’ rights” position on same-sex marriage isn’t all that different from President Obama’s. Of course, the president supports the repeal of DOMA and opposes a federal marriage amendment to the Constitution.

– Bradlee Dean, who runs Minnesota’s You Can Rub But You Cannot Hide Ministry (and is a friend of GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann), is suing Rachel Maddow for $50 million for “false accusations and defamation” over remarks he made implying support of violence against the gay community.

– Servicemembers Legal Defense Network is urging Obama to issue an Executive Order banning discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation or gender identity in the armed forces through a petition.

– A lesbian couple helped save dozens of young people from gunman Andres Behring Breivik during last week’s shooting in Norway.

– Leadership changes at Equality California are raising questions about moving LGBT equality forward and how to respond to the Stop SB48 campaign, which would overturn the FAIR Education Act just signed into law.

– Here’s video of the National Organization for Marriage busing people in to New York City for their protests of marriage equality on Sunday. (HT: Jeremy Hooper for the “Rainbow Transit” bus image.)

– Christopher Argyros argues that passing a transgender civil rights bill would greatly help reduce violence against the trans community.

– Watch a couple of New York newlyweds explain why getting married is so important for their son, courtesy of the Family Equality Council: