The GLAAD Daily: DADT, DOMA, Maryland and Dustin Lance Black
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals late Friday issued a three-page order granting the Department of Justice's request to temporarily reinstate the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law so the Department of Defense could continue its repeal process. The DOJ reportedly provided “considerably more detailed information” about the repeal and said it would be presenting its certification to repeal the law to the president and military officials “in a matter of weeks.”
Also, the Pentagon said the so-called "Defense of Marriage Act" prohibits the Department of Defense from extending protections to the partners of gay and lesbian service members once the implementation of the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is completed. R. Clarke Cooper of the Log Cabin Republicans criticized the announcement and said, “It’s not going to work. Taking care of our soldiers is necessary to ensure morale and unit cohesion. This creates a glaring stratification in the disbursement of support services and benefits.”
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) said Friday that he will advocate for marriage equality legislation in the state if it is similar to legislation recently passed in New York. O'Malley said, “One of the things we’re looking at in the drafting is how their clauses with regard to religious freedom were different from ours. That might improve our efforts. And I certainly plan to be very active in support of it, and we’ll have other announcements in upcoming months.” Samuel Freedman wrote in The New York Times about religious leaders who worked to pass the New York marriage equality legislation, and the producers of the Broadway musical "Hair" announced that they will host weddings for same-sex couples following the July 25 performance.
In California, where Gov. Jerry Brown (D) recently signed a bill requiring public schools to include the contributions of LGBT Americans in lessons, anti-gay activists said they had started the process necessary to place a question on the ballot aiming to overturn the new law.
In other news related to California, a play about the federal Proposition 8 trial, written by Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, will be performed in a staged reading in September and then produced at Carnegie Mellon University, Northwestern, the University of Michigan, and elsewhere.