The Morning Pride: July 5, 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.

– Friday evening we got big news about the Department of Justice slamming the Defense of Marriage Act in the case of Karen Golinski, resisting the appeal from the House of Representatives. Chris Geidner and Lisa Keen have excellent breakdowns of the brief worth reading this morning.

– Introducing the senators’ “It Gets Better” video on Friday, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) called DOMA “on the wrong side of history. The New York Times also condemned the 1996 law in an editorial over the weekend.

– Over the weekend, Gov. Lincoln Chafee (I) signed into law the civil unions bill for Rhode Island. Marriage equality advocates had called for its veto because of the unprecedented exemptions that allow religious organizations to completely ignore the unions.


– The president continues to be called out for his (lack of) position on marriage equality, most recently by GOP presidential candidate Fred Karger and Equality Matters’ Kerry Eleveld.

– Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) recently came out in support of the transgender equality bill in his home state.

– The New York City Council has restored over $7 million dollars in funding for Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs. It’s estimated that as many as 40 percent of homeless youth are LGBT.

– New Hampshire’s legislative session ended, but a possible repeal of marriage equality is still on the table for next year.

– The Des Moines Register recently profiled two individuals from the ex-gay movement — one who still identifies as ex-gay and one who is a survivor.


– The Church of England has announced it will review its policy on same-sex relationships and might consider letting gay clergy be ordained as bishops.

– Pat Buchanan is still as anti-gay as ever, as Carlos Maza points out.