The Morning Pride: July 7, 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.

– The Pentagon responded that it will “immediately” comply with yesterday’s reinstated injunction against Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. The decision is good news for the law’s demise, but it is by no means safe yet for servicemembers to start coming out. The law is still on the books and the court case has not yet been finally decided. Rachel Maddow covered the decision by the Ninth Circuit Court last night.

– Questions continue to arise about the ex-gay therapy offered by Dr. Marcus Bachmann, Michele Bachmann’s husband. Pam Spaulding points out that a proper informed consent document would point out that the treatment is not proven, no medical or mental health association endorses it, and that it can be harmful and ineffective.

– Studies show that divorce rates tend to be lower in states that have marriage equality, but the correlation is actually with education level and marriage age.


– New York City will take “the unusual step” of opening city offices on Sunday, July 24, because it will be the first day that same-sex couples can legally marry.

– The trial of Brandon McInerney continued yesterday as several classmates testified to witnessing him shoot Lawrence King. McInerney’s lawyers continue to press the idea that McInerney was retaliating to King’s sexual advances, but the students testified that King was the one was regularly bullied.

– CNN addressed the recent victories for same-sex bi-national couples who have been saved from deportation by judges.

Metro Weekly caught up with Paul Smith, the lawyer who successfully argued that sodomy laws were unconstitutional in Lawrence v. Texas eight years ago.