The Morning Pride: July 6, 2012

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.

– The State Department has set up a global fund collecting donations to advance LGBT rights around the world.

– A gay couple in Dallas was arrested yesterday when they were denied a marriage license and refused to leave the Dallas County Clerk’s Office.

– Enthusiasm to ban same-sex marriage in Iowa is dissipating.


– A Wisconsin appeals court has asked the state’s Supreme Court to rule on whether the Wisconsin domestic partnership registry is constitutional.

– There may be room for local domestic partner benefits under North Carolina’s broad Amendment One.

– The Episcopal Church is expected to approve a new liturgy for the blessing of same-sex couples.

– Catholic parents are urging Ontario Catholic schools to defy the province’s new law allowing gay-straight alliances to form.

– The British government will fly the Pride Flag for the first time this weekend to commemorate World Pride.

– A UK community is rallying support for a transgender teacher who will undergo gender transition this summer.

– Efforts are underway to end the criminalization of homosexuality in Belize.

– The key to fighting HIV in Kenya is minimizing stigma against gay men.

– Lovers of showtunes will appreciate this Gypsy parody dedicated to President Obama’s support of marriage equality: