What’s Brewing: Department of Justice explains why it believes DOMA is unconstitutional

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1. The U.S. Department Justice has filed an unprecedented court brief explaining why the Obama administration believes the Defense of Marriage Act — which prohibits federal recognition of same-sex marriages — is unconstitutional. And the brief, filed in a California case in which a federal employee is seeking benefits for her lesbian partner, cites the Rainbow Lounge raid as an example of how gays and lesbians have historically been oppressed. The citation is on Page 11 of the brief, which you can read here.

2. A San Antonio coffee company’s anti-gay tweet heard ’round the world has prompted the coffee culture website Sprudge.com to launch a #YesEqual campaign (right) benefiting Equality Texas. The owner of The Brown Coffee Co. eventually apologized for the anti-gay tweet he sent out after the New York Senate voted to legalize same-sex marriage. But Gawker reports that he rescinded his apology after his hatred appeared to become profitable. In response, Sprudge.com is calling for people to submit photos of themselves wearing the #YesEqual hashtag and make donations to Equality Texas.

3. Gov. Rick Perry on Friday appointed Barbara Cargill, a Republican from The Woodlands, to chair the State Board of Education. Cargill, who votes with the board’s socially conservative bloc, successfully pushed last year for the elimination of “sex and gender and social constructs” from the sociology curriculum, The Texas Tribune reports. “This allows students to go into the world of transvestites, transsexuals and God-knows-what-else,” Cargill said at the time. Perry appointed Cargill after previous SBOE chair Gail Lowe failed to win confirmation from the Senate due to her extreme views. Because she was appointed after the Legislature adjourned, Cargill won’t face confirmation until lawmakers meet again in 2013.

—  John Wright

What’s Brewing: Suit seeks marriage equality in NJ; White House Pride event; Brown Coffee Co.

The Brown Coffee Co.’s anti-gay tweet

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1. Lambda Legal and Garden State Equality will announce a lawsuit today on behalf of New Jersey same-sex couples who are demanding that their partnerships be recognized by the state as marriages, not civil unions. The suit comes days after the New York Senate voted to legalize same-sex marriage across the Hudson River. The New Jersey Senate in 2010 rejected a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, and GOP Gov. Chris Christie says he would veto any such future legislation. “Gov. Christie says no way will there be marriage equality in New Jersey,” said Steven Goldstein, chairman of Garden State Equality. “And we say no way are we going to listen to him.”

2. Things could get “awkward” this evening at the White House during President Barack Obama’s annual LGBT Pride Month Reception, according to The New York Times. That’s because invitees will be looking to celebrate marriage equality in New York, but their host doesn’t endorse same-sex marriage. Activists from GetEQUAL will be outside the reception handing out “Get Bold To Get Equal Scavenger Hunts,” described as “a fun but meaningful opportunity for attendees to step up the pressure on the Obama administration for full LGBT equality.” Cece Cox, executive director of Resource Center Dallas, is among those attending the event.

3. A San Antonio-based coffee company provided a bizarre explanation Tuesday for an anti-gay post from its Twitter account Friday night in the wake of the New York Senate’s vote to legalize same-sex marriage. “No human law can ever legitimize what natural law precludes. #SorryFolks #NotEqual #WhyBother #ChasingAfterTheWind #SelfEvident,” read the tweet sent Friday night by The Brown Coffee Co. On Tuesday, the company attempted to explain the tweet on its blog: “This was a post about CLASSICAL PHILOSOPHY and LAWS (a la Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, etc.), not PEOPLE; but somehow people began to twist what was written and added their own lies to the post to mean that somehow we at The Brown Coffee Company are hateful, homophobic, intolerant people. Those are not the facts and we regret that this has descended into something very ugly based on other people’s incorrect reading of the Twitter post.” At least one shop in New York City has stopped buying coffee from Brown Coffee Co. in response to the anti-gay tweet.

—  John Wright