The Morning Pride: June 29, 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.

– Tonight is the White House’s Pride Month Reception, and with it comes more scrutiny over President Obama’s stance on marriage equality. The New York Times, the Washington Post, and ABC News all offer critiques today of his “evolving” position — or arguably, his unevolved position. The direct action group GetEQUAL will distribute “Scavenger Hunt” cards to guests at the reception, urging the President to take steps like publicly supporting marriage equality or issuing an executive order to end the deportation of bi-national same-sex couples.

– Due to budget cuts, the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools no longer exists in the Department of Education. Now known as the Office of Safe and Healthy Students, it has been moved down the organizational chart to compensate for its size reduction.

– A Quinnipiac poll of Virginians finds that Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) is relatively popular, but so are adoption rights for same-sex couples.

– CNN’s Soledad O’Brien yesterday featured the story of a same-sex bi-national couple who are soon to be separated by deportation because their marriage is not recognized.

– Students at Oregon State University are petitioning to get the Portland Trail Blazers to be the first NBA team to join the It Gets Better campaign. A number of major league baseball teams, including the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs, have already made videos. Today, 13 Democratic senators will reveal a contribution to the anti-bullying campaign as well.

– After originally denying a funeral to one of its longtime parishioners because he was gay, a San Diego Catholic church has indicated it will allow the funeral to proceed.