The Morning Pride: June 10, 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 White House will announce today new protections for same-sex couples in regards to long-term care under Medicaid. Before this protection, individuals would often become homeless if their same-sex partner went on Medicaid because without marriage, there was no legal protections for their property. The state could take possession of the home to pay for Medicaid expenses if a couple does not have a legally recognized relationship.

– The House of Representatives has begun its defense of the Defense of Marriage Act in the San Francisco case of Karen Golinski. In his brief, attorney Pal Clement said that same-sex marriage is not a “deeply rooted, historic institution” nor a “fundamental constitutional right.” He also said that “basic biological differences” should be considered because “encouraging child-rearing by a married mother and father is a legitimate governmental interest.”

– Aubrey Sarvis of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network wants to know why Don’t Ask Don’t Tell repeal is taking so long.


– Comedian Tracy Morgan is under fire for a homophobic rant he allegedly made during a show in Tennessee last week, in which he said “all this gay shit was crazy,” “women are a gift from God, “’Born This Way’ is bullshit” and “gay is a choice.”

– In a short post called “Homosexuality in the Bible,” actress Gwyneth Paltrow wrote, “When my daughter came home from school one day saying that a classmate had two mommies, my response was, ‘Two mommies? How lucky is she?!’”

– Prop 8 attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies share this message about the importance of Loving v. Virginia, decided 44 years ago: