The Morning Pride: August 12, 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.


– Check out our coverage of last night’s GOP debate, including Rick Santorum calling out Michele Bachmann for not being anti-gay enough, Santorum pretending not to be anti-gay when it supports his position on Iran, and a round-up clip of all the anti-gay rhetoric from the evening.

– Carlos Maza at Equality Matters points out what a flop the Family Research Council/National Organization for Marriage “Values Bus” tour has been: “Not making appearances so far? Actual voters.”

– Another town clerk in New York has decided she can’t sign same-sex marriags licenses because of her religious beliefs, but rather than resign, she’s seeking special permission to delegate the task to her deputy.

– Though Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz backed out of his appearance at the anti-gay Willow Creek megachurch in Chicago, education activist Michelle Rhee will be speaking there later this morning.

– A lesbian woman in Brooklyn is suing her employer for sexual harassment, but her bosses say she’s “too ugly to harass.”

– A piece in the San Francisco Sentinel calls out the incongruity of the Catholic Church’s anti-gay advocacy, concluding, “Because in the theological universe that our bishops are constructing to support their personal biases, there is sin, and then there is gay sin, and gay sin is so much worse.”

– Ariel Gore explores her frustration with straight privilege in a post aptly titled, “How Am I Sick of Your Straight Wedding Plans? Let Me Count the Ways.”

– At the New York Times, Jennifer Boylan writes about her own frustration with how the transgender community feels “they’ve been sold out by the gay-rights movement.”

– Two days after Chile’s president introduced a civil unions bill, members of Chile’s Independent Democrat Union introduced a constitutional amendment that would limit marriage to the union of a man and a woman.

– If Rupert Murdoch things he’s going to make money off same-sex couples, he’ll have to get past this week’s Dallas Voice editorial first: