The Morning Pride: June 12, 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 Israeli army posted the above photo on Facebook to commemorate Pride Month, but given the growing prevalence of homophobic harassment in the IDF, could it be an example of pinkwashing?

– Today marks the 45th anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia decision, which guaranteed the right to interracial marriage. Ted Olson and David Boies commemorated the occasion last year.

– Though Washington anti-gay activists submitted significantly more signatures then was necessary to challenge the state’s marriage equality law, at least a thousand have been found to be fraudulent so far.

– Dharun Ravi has appealed his conviction for spying on his Rutgers roommate Tyler Clementi.

– Washington, DC has opened a Latino LGBT community center.

– Western Illinois University decided not to send a student to a counseling internship at Erie Elementary School because of its recent censoring of a family diversity book.


– A pro-wrestling league in Louisville, KY included a same-sex marriage storyline, driving the audience to chant, “Just say yes!” after the proposal.

– Captain Steve Hill — the soldier booed at a Republican presidential debate last fall — is challenging the Defense of Marriage Act with his husband Joshua Snyder: