The Morning Pride: July 25, 2013


Welcome to The Morning Pride, ThinkProgress LGBT’s daily round-up of the latest in LGBT policy, politics, and some culture too! Here’s what we’re reading this morning, but please let us know what stories you’re following as well. Follow us all day on Twitter at @TPEquality.

– New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has announced that the state will reimburse any same-sex couple that had to pay extra estate taxes because of the Defense of Marriage Act, like Edie Windsor did.

– The federal lawsuit challenging Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage has officially been filed.

– Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) has appointed Illinois state Rep. Deb Mell (D) to the City Council, making her the first out lesbian to serve on it.

– The New Jersey United for Marriage coalition has launched to advocate for marriage equality and overturn Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) veto.

– The National Organization for Marriage’s Jennifer Roback Morse suggested Edie Windsor didn’t need marriage equality benefits because she’s already wealthy.

– Anti-adoption ex-gay pundit Robert Oscar Lopez is writing fictional books about self-hating Mean Gays destroying each other’s lives — while still having graphic sex.

– Homophobe Scott Lively has made it clear that Christians should have a special privilege in the First Amendment so they can still discriminate against gay people.

– Illinois Cardinal Francis George is being urged not to speak at Courage, the Catholic anti-gay celibacy conference, but he believes it’s only about “spirituality,” not “therapy.”

– Is an Austin bar consistently kicking out its gay customers so its new owners can make it a straight bar?

– Colombia has legally recognized its first same-sex couple.

– Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, said this past weekend that marriage equality is “a very dangerous sign of the apocalypse.”

– Dan Savage is urging the LGBT community to boycott Russian vodka because of the country’s homophobic culture and new censorship laws.

– The Oxford Dictionary will update its definition of “marriage” to be inclusive of same-sex couples.