The Morning Pride: July 2, 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.

– Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has confirmed that same-sex married couples will be treated equally to straight couples when it comes to green card applications.

– Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) wants to make sure married same-sex couples receive Social Security survivor benefits.

– Minnesota’s Department of Human Rights has made it clear that it will not be legal for private businesses like cake decorators and wedding planners to discriminate against same-sex couples.

– It will cost tens of millions of dollars to continue the marriage equality fight on the state level.

– The District of Columbia Council unanimously passed a bill making it easier for trans and intersex people to amend their birth certificates appropriately.


– A federal judge will allow a challenge to Michigan’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage to proceed.

– Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) can’t explain why his opposition to marriage equality doesn’t include opposition to divorce as well.

– A Texas lawmaker has filed a bill that would legalize marriage equality — once the state’s amendment is repealed.

– The Boy Scouts have banned the wearing of Scout uniforms in gay pride parades.

– The town that the Westboro Baptist Church calls home might soon ban LGBT discrimination.

– The German Medical Association has recommended Germany end its ban on gay men donating blood.

– One family learned that condemning their gay son was the wrong response a bit too late.

– General Mills says it’s Lucky To Be You: