The GLAAD Daily: Bachmann, Marriage in Maryland, the 9th U.S. Circuit & DADT
The Associated Press reports that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday ordered the Department of Justice to state whether it will continue to defend the constitutionality of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" in court. The court last week ruled to reinstate the permanent injunction against enforcement of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” originally awarded by Judge Virginia Phillips in the case of Log Cabin Republicans v. United States.
Chris Geidner at Metro Weekly’s Poliglot reported that the court said “it appears to the merits panel that the United States is not prepared to defend the constitutionality” of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law. Geidner also highlighted a statement from the Log Cabin Republicans in which Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper said, "The ruling in Log Cabin Republicans v. United States set an important precedent by showing that discrimination against gay and lesbian Americans is unconstitutional."
In other legal news, Lambda Legal on Monday said it had filed a petition for a writ of certiorari asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case of a gay couple seeking an accurate birth certificate for the Louisiana-born son they adopted in New York.
On Tuesday night, ABC News ran two segments, one on World News with Diane Sawyer and one on Nightline, investigating a counseling center co-owned by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and her husband, Marcus (pictured). The investigation came after an advocate from Truth Wins Out went undercover at Bachmann & Associates and was subjected to what appeared to be “ex-gay” conversion therapy. NBC’s Today on Tuesday ran a segment on the investigation, and various MSNBC anchors covered the story, including openly gay anchor Thomas Roberts, who spoke to TWO’s Wayne Besen.
In New York, adoption lawyers and agencies say they are preparing for an increase in adoptions following the approval of the state's marriage equality law. Also, The New York Times reports that some gay and lesbian couples who wish to get married on June 24, the first day they can in New York, are seeking judges who will waive the 24-hour waiting period between receiving a marriage license and having a wedding.
Following the success of the passage of marriage equality legislation in New York, advocates in Maryland have formed a coalition called Marylanders for Marriage Equality. State Del. Heather R. Mizeur (D-Montgomery) said, “[W]e’ll be running a very aggressive campaign that targets specific districts and regions where we need to shore up our vote count.”
Advocates in Minnesota on Monday delivered petitions bearing 12,000 signatures of people opposed to Anoka-Hennepin School District's policy of remaining "neutral" on matters relating to LGBT people. Justin Anderson, a 19-year-old former student in the district, helped organize the petition and said, "We feel the neutrality policy is harmful to GLBT students and their allies. So this is a policy calling for them to repeal it."
Meanwhile, in California, the editorial board of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote in support of a proposed law that would require public schools to acknowledge the contributions of LGBT Americans in lessons. The paper urged Gov. Jerry Brown (D) to sign the bill and said, “His signature would mandate that the existence and struggles of gay people be recorded in schoolbooks, not left out. It would be an important change that acknowledges an overlooked segment of society and also yields a truer history of this country.”