The Morning Pride: September 7, 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. Follow us all day on Twitter at @TPEquality.

Shannon Minter and Ari Ezra Waldman offer some legal commentary on yesterday’s Prop 8 proceedings and Sean Chapin provides video of the dueling protests outside the courthouse.

– Both Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain joined Mitt Romney at Monday’s presidential forum in suggesting religious organizations are entitled to government subsidy, even when they discriminate against same-sex couples.

– The Department of Justice continues to advocate on behalf of same-sex binational couples whose relationships are threatened by the Defense of Marriage Act.

– The Washington Blade asks: will President Obama’s jobs speech tomorrow be LGBT-inclusive?

– Fred Karger sits down with The New Civil Rights Movement.

– The National Organization for Marriage endorses the idea that normalizing homosexuality will lead to “sexual anarchy.”

– New Jersey’s new anti-bullying legislation goes above and beyond what any state currently has in place.

– Lambda Legal will be filing a federal employment discrimination lawsuit this morning in Texas on behalf of a former state employee.


– California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has signed into law the Equal Benefits bill (SB 117), which prevents the state from entering into major contracts with companies that discriminate against same-sex couples.

– According to someone at the Minnesota for Marriage booth, “You know, in Europe, people are marrying animals!” She did not know which country or which animals.

– Cornell University students are questioning whether someone who founded an ex-gay clinic in Qatar should be on the board of their medical college.

– Carl Siciliano tells Sojourners magazine that religious rejection is responsible for the large LGBT youth homeless population.

– North Carolinians continue to weigh in on a proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

– A Scottish soldiers is the first in the country to ever be convicted of a crime motivated by transphobia.

– Read the story of a gay Ugandan refugee living in the San Francisco Bay Area.