The Morning Pride: March 20, 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.

– Today is perhaps the big day for marriage equality in New York state! At last count, the Senate only needs one more vote to make equality a reality. Proponents rallied yesterday to pressure the Senate to bring the bill to a vote. The New York Daily News also reported that marriage equality would bring $184 million in revenue to the state.

– We are safely back in DC after an exciting week in Minneapolis at the Netroots Nation conference. Carlos Quiroz has some video highlights of some of the LGBT sessions, and make sure you see our exclusive coverage of Lt. Dan Choi ripping up an Obama 2012 flier after being approached by a conference attendee who said he couldn’t support marriage equality.

– Another important moment from the weekend was when White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer denied that Barack Obama had written the letter supporting marriage equality that he signed in 1996. In yesterday’s New York Times feature on Obama’s “evolving” position on marriage, the White House said Pfeiffer didn’t know what he was talking about, but also suggested that Obama was referring to civil unions at the time. Openly gay Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) has come to Obama’s defense, calling him “the best president this country has ever had on LGBT issues.”


– GLAAD (The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) continues to face scrutiny about whether their President, Jarrett Barrios, has actually resigned and under what circumstances. Barrios was pressured to step down for mishandling the organization’s relationship with contributor AT&T.

– Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) was the latest target of a “glitter bomb” after speaking at RightOnline (Photo Credit: Jim Gehrz). Activist Rachel E.B. Lang shouted at Bachmann, “You can run, but you can’t hide.”

– The Church of England has cleared the way for gay individuals to become bishops, so long as they remain celibate.

– As part of his efforts to make amends for his anti-gay rant, comedian Tracy Morgan spent some time meeting with gay teens at a shelter in New York City.