The Morning Pride: August 2, 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.

– Metro Weekly points out that despite the successful recent Senate confirmation of out gay attorney J. Paul Oetken, appellate judge nominee Edward DuMont, another openly gay man, has been waiting more than 15 months for a single hearing within the Senate Judiciary Committee.

– The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance has released new guidance indicating that married same-sex couples should file their state taxes jointly, even though the Defense of Marriage Act requires they file their federal taxes independently.

– Salon follows up on yesterday’s NPR ex-gay debacle with a look at the “touch therapy” offered in Rich Wyler’s several-hundred-dollar workshops.

– Campus Progress takes a look at some of the successful advances in LGBT equality taking place at the local level across the country.

– Black Enterprise looks at the cultural and professional obstacles LGBT African-American professionals face.

– Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) admits that the infamous “Don’t Say Gay” bill, currently stalled between legislative sessions, will “probably never pass.”

– Three recent newspaper articles on South Carolina’s gay community have raised some interesting discussions in the state.

– Jesse Bering has an interesting hypothesis that marriage equality (which he fully supports) could ultimately lower the human race’s genetic disposition for same-sex orientations because fewer gays and lesbians will enter opposite-sex relationships and have natural offspring, among other reasons.

Dolly Parton has apologized for an incident at Dollywood when a lesbian woman was asked to turn her “Marriage is so gay” t-shirt inside out.

– The family of a deceased lesbian lawyer in Philadelphia are suing to prevent her widow from inheriting her benefits.

– The Squamish Tribal Council in Washington state has officially extended marriage rights to same-sex couples.