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.
– Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen are expected to certify repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell today. After President Obama approves the certification, the policy will end after a 60-day Congressional review period.
– House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said he would not allow a vote on legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.
– Same-sex marriage becomes legal in New York this weekend, and New York City has announced it will be able to provide marriage licenses to all 823 couples who registered for the lottery! Governor Cuomo (D) has made it clear that “the law is the law” and clerks who perform marriages “don’t get to pick and choose” and should find other work if they refuse to perform them for same-sex couples.
– Maryland’s governor will announce today his strategy for supporting the passage of marriage equality over the next year.
– Students in Minnesota’s largest school district, Anoka-Hennepin, are suing because of the district’s “gag rule” that prevents teachers from talking about same-sex orientations or interrupting bullying related to gay identities. There have been seven suicides in the district related to bullying since 2009.
– The city of Cleveland has announced it will offer domestic partner benefits.
– Durham’s city council unanimously passed a resolution opposing a proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in North Carolina.
– The Iowa Department of Corrections has reversed its policy and allowed a prison guard to take family leave to take care of her ailing same-sex spouse.
– A lesbian couple is accusing Dollywood for discriminating against them by not permitting a shirt in the park that says “marriage is so gay.”
– Tobias Wolff of the University of Pennsylvania Law School explains why repealing DOMA is not a threat to states who do not wish to recognize same-sex marriages from other states.
– Mega-church Willow Creek Community Church has ended its formal relationship with Exodus International, the umbrella organization for many ex-gay ministries.
– SPOILER ALERT: Avenue Q will celebrate New York’s marriage equality by having its characters Rod and Ricky get married.
– It’s Friday, which means a cartoon from the Dallas Voice: