The Morning Pride: September 23, 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. Follow us all day on Twitter at @TPEquality.

– In case you missed it, last night’s Republican debate audience booed a question from an openly gay soldier about Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

– The Department of Justice is trying to avoid paying full severance for those discharged under DADT.

– Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) has become the first Republican in Congress to cosponsor legislation that would repeal the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act.

– A new study from the UK found that same-sex couples in civil partnerships were less likely to “divorce” than their married heterosexual counterparts.

– If you ask The FAMiLY LEADER’s Bob Vander Plaats, he did not mean to say that gay Bob is a health risk to straight Alex.

– Iowa Democrats are at risk of losing the Senate, which could open the door to a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

– A Christian applauds the end of Florida’s ban on same-sex adoption, which was lifted one year ago.

– This week marks a full year since the death of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi.

– The new “Bullying is Violence” campaign might be effective, except for the fact it completely ignores the LGBT community and their particular vulnerability to bullying.

– An ex-coach is suing the high school he once worked at for anti-gay discrimination — he was fired because of “offensive” photos he had on Facebook of him posing with drag queens and eating a corn dog.

– A 16-year-old high school swimmer has started a blog called “Sam I Am” to share his coming out story.

– Philippine President Benigno Aquino says he’s okay with same-sex marriage, but not same-sex adoption.

– Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad condemned homosexuality as “an ugly deed… shameful… one of the ugliest behaviours in our society (that is) against the divine teachings of every faith.”

– If having a stroke can make someone gay, let’s hope ex-gay advocates don’t get any ideas.

– Jane Lynch thought she “wanted to be a boy,” but she’s “just really really gay.”

– This week’s cartoon from the Dallas Voice wonders what other stories Michele Bachmann could be convinced to repeat: