The Morning Pride: November 4, 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.

– The group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has filed an amicus brief against the Defense of Marriage Act, pointing out that with their relationships unrecognized, same-sex couples are immune to anti-nepotism laws.

– A new Elon University poll shows that North Carolinans overwhelmingly oppose the proposed marriage inequality amendment, including 66 percent of African-Americans.

– The Senate Judiciary Committee has unanimously advanced gay judicial nominee Michael Walter Fitzgerald, despite attempts by conservatives to paint him as unqualified because of a “conflict of interest” with his sexual orientation and LGBT advocacy.

– New financial reports show that the National Organization for Marriage spent over $721,000 to oust the Iowa Supreme Court judges who ruled in favor of marriage equality.

– NOM has also lied that the state of Illinois “refuses to work with Christian adoption agencies” — ties have only been broken with organizations that discriminate against same-sex couples in civil unions.

– One more bit of NOM news: the anti-gay organization is preparing to launch a “NextGen for Marriage” effort to try to sway young people against the LGBT community.

– The Ohio student who was videotaped beating up a gay classmate has been charged with a delinquency count of assault.

– A San Antonio woman says she was beaten by two men because she is a lesbian.

– A married lesbian couple in Florida were humiliated during a recent trip to the DMV.

– A petition is calling for the removal of a homophobic nurse at the Dallas VA Medical Center who harassed a lesbian marine veteran.

– Bill O’Reilly added his unfortunate two cents to the story about a Colorado boy wishing to join the Girl Scouts.

– The Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy at the White House is stepping down.

– A leading member of Ghana’s National Democratic Congress warns that any pro-gay candidate will lose in next year’ elections.

– Chaz Bono has had to call upon the National Enquirer for a retraction for writing that he had “only four years to live!

– This week’s editorial cartoon from the Dallas Voice celebrates the military servicemembers suing for equal benefits: