The Morning Pride: June 1, 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.

– Pride Month kicks off today, and the President again issued a proclamation commemorating the celebration. Noticeably absent, though, was any mention of relationship recognition, even despite the administration’s decision this year to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act. In yesterday’s press briefing, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that the President had taken no action towards an executive order against employment discrimination and that he is still “thinking about” marriage.

– Openly gay GOP presidential candidate Fred Karger is hoping CNN will include him in the June 13 debate in Manchester, New Hampshire. He has polled at least 1 percent in five polls and raised four times the minimum amount the FEC requires for a candidate to be considered “serious.”

– In Iowa, where there has been significant conservative backlash since the achievement of marriage equality two years ago, one Republican says his attitude has changed. Jeff Angelo once cosponsored an amendment against same-sex marriage, but now he has launched Iowa Republicans for Freedom to advocate on behalf of LGBT constituents.

– A Texas judge has officially signed his order voiding a marriage between a deceased firefighter and his transgender widow, having ruled in the case that because she was born male, the marriage was a “same-sex marriage” and not valid. Transgender Texans can use their official change-of-sex documentation to apply for a marriage license, so it’s currently unclear who exactly they are allowed to marry.

– A 12-year-old and his two friends are petitioning the Boston Red Sox to make an It Gets Better video. As of this morning, they already have over 5,000 signatures on their Change.org petition.

– Speaking of It Gets Better, Dan Savage and his husband Terry Miller recently spoke at Google headquarters. Why not start your day off by listening to them talk about the importance of the IGB campaign and the difference it’s already making: