The Morning Pride: August 17, 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.

– Speaker John Boehner’s legal team filed another brief defending DOMA, this time in the case of Pederson v. Office of Personnel Management. Lead attorney Paul Clement made most of the same discriminatory arguments he made in the Windsor v. United States brief a few weeks ago, as he called for the entire lawsuit to be dismissed.

– North Carolina Speaker Pro Tem Dale Folwell says that a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage gives voters “the choice they were promised.” Of course, regardless of whether the legislature advances the measure next month and regardless of how it is voted upon in 2012, same-sex couples still will not be able to get marriages licenses in North Carolina, so there’s no real “choice” involved.

– The Nashville metro council passed a resolution honoring a group of student protesters who rallied against the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which remains in legislative limbo until next session.


– For the first time ever, more than 9,000 Americans are now on the wait list for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), unable to access their medications.

– Equality Matters points out that Fox News has been featuring Tony Perkins quite frequently as of late, but never bothers to mention that his organization, the Family Research Council, has been designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group for all its anti-LGBT rhetoric.

– A town supervisor candidate in Brighton, NY is pushing for transgender-inclusive employment non-discrimination policies.

– Residents of Berea, KY are making the case that sexual orientation and gender identity should be included categories for a proposed human rights commission because the fiscal impact will be minimal.

– A petition is calling on Kenya Airways to refuse to deport Robert Segwanyi, who sought asylum in the UK after being imprisoned and tortured for being gay in Uganda.

– Gays and lesbians in Madrid, Spain are planning a same-sex kiss-in to protest the Pope’s visit tomorrow.

– Salon sat down to chat with Dan Savage about Obama, Rick Santorum, and what it’s like growing up gay in the U.S.