The Morning Pride: September 30, 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.

– A judge has thrown out the case of a binational same-sex couple challenging the Defense of Marriage Act, citing a 1982 court decision that had no context for either DOMA or legal same-sex marriage.

– Three teenagers who had bullied Jamey Rodemeyer may face hate crimes charges.

– Montana anti-gay activist Pastor Harris Himes has been charged with six felony counts of theft and fraud. He is now blaming LGBT and pro-choice activists for the charges against him.

– Lt. Dan Choi’s attorneys have filed a 59-page brief suggesting a Watergate scandal-like paper trail indicates that the Obama Administration is waging a selective/vindictive prosecution against Choi for his direct action protests of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

– An investigation has cleared a gay Fort Worth teacher of all allegations related to his disciplining of the student in his class who was openly declaring his negative beliefs about homosexuality.

– Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) is calling for an en banc review of her case that same-sex partners of government employees do not deserve healthcare benefits because the three-member appeals panel “got it wrong.”

– The U.S. ambassador to Serbia is urging authorities there to provide security for an upcoming gay pride march that has faced threats of violence from extremists.

– A student at the University of Georgia feels like Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell will “likely remain the de facto policy of the South,” but students at Oswego State University in New York are frustrated with homophobia and transphobia too.

– Advocates are calling on the NBA to follow the NFL’s lead of adding sexual orientation to the non-discrimination clause of its collective bargaining agreement.

– Apparently, just after coming out to his father, Airman Randy Phillips also came out to his mother. Watch the emotional exchange:

– This week’s editorial cartoon from the Dallas Voice aims to teach Republican debate audiences a lesson: