The Morning Pride: June 14, 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.

— Five of the seven Republicans who participated in last night’s GOP presidential debate said they support a federal constitutional amendment outlawing same-sex marriage and would reinstate Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

— Defense Secretary Robert Gates said yesterday that he’s open to certifying repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell before his retirement at the end of the month.

— Yesterday, “the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California, in Los Angeles, released an opinion finding Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional in a bankruptcy filing brought by a same-sex married couple, Gene Douglas Balas and Carlos A. Morales.” Metro Weekly’s Chris Geidner has the details.


— Chief U.S. District Judge James Ware will decide within 24 hours “whether a gay judge’s ruling to strike down California’s same-sex marriage ban should be overturned because he failed to divulge” his own same-sex relationship. The ruling is expected to stand.

— A gay couple in Hazard, Kentucky, was ejected from a public recreation facility, after being told gay people were not allowed to swim in the pool.

— Momentum is growing for marriage equality in New York, after three Democrats and one Republican who voted against the measure in 2009 said they would support the bill if it comes to the floor before the end of the legislative session.

— Tracy Morgan has now come out in support of same-sex marriage and will appear in Nashville with GLAAD to protest the state’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill — which may have paved the way for Morgan’s homophobic rant.

— Candace Gingrich-Jones, the lesbian half-sister of Newt Gingrich, says that the former House Speaker may be growing more accepting of gay people.