The Morning Pride: June 27, 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.

– What a victory we had in New York on Friday! Upon signing the marriage equality bill, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) called New York a “beacon for social justice.” The New York Times and Richard Socarides (Equality Matters) help fill in the behind-the-scenes details of the win, while The Hill and Evan Wolfson (Freedom to Marry) look ahead to the next big struggle. Nate Silver juxtaposed Cuomo’s leadership against that of President Obama’s, which the NYT also called out in an editorial yesterday. Meanwhile, Jeremy Hooper has his eye on the National Organization for Marriage, who have put out a hit list against New York Senators who “betrayed marriage.” After the win, Senator Ruben Diaz (D), a staunch opponent of the bill, reiterated that he will “never, never accept gay marriage.”

– With the large increase in marriage equality over recent years, states like Maryland are weighing the question of whether married couples from other states can divorce when they cross the border.

– The Pride parade in Anchorage, AK was canceled after a convertible carrying the grand marshal swerved out of control and fatally struck a man.


– The largest school district in Texas (and the 7th largest in the country), the Houston Independent School District, has approved fully-inclusive protections for LGBT students!

Box Turtle Bulletin has this handy chart to show how much progress LGBT equality has made over the past 50 years: