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The GLAAD Daily: Obama Nominates Gay Justice, Anoka-Hennepin School District, and Two Anti-LGBT Attacks

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Politico reported that President Obama on Wednesday nominated Michael Fitzgerald, a lawyer with Corbin, Fitzgerald and Athey in Los Angeles, to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Fitzgerald is the fourth out judicial candidate the president has nominated. The president said, “I am honored to nominate Michael Walter Fitzgerald to the United States District Court. His impressive career stands as a testament to his formidable intellect and integrity. I am confident he will serve the people of California with distinction on the District Court bench.”

The Associated Press examined anti-gay activists who are planning on challenging the New York marriage law in various ways, including the Alliance Defense Fund, which claims the new law conflicts with New York's Human Rights Law and Domestic Relations Law, a law that protects workers from acting against their "sincerely held religious observance or practice." Also, Frank Bruni wrote in The New York Times about Jonathan Mintz and John Feinblatt, the aides whose marriage will be officiated by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and their daughters, Maeve and Georgia.

Also, the producers of "Avenue Q" recently announced that Rod and Ricky, the gay puppets from the musical, are engaged and will marry on July 24.

In the trial of Brandon McInerney, the California teen accused of killing classmate Lawrence King, Ventura County Senior Deputy Dist. Attorney. Maeve Fox this week said she would invoke the Araujo law, which advocates for the rights of LGBT people when the case is sent to jury. Fox will do so in order to prevent the use of the so-called "gay panic" defense.

NCLR, SPLC, and Faegre & Benson today filed a suit on behalf of five students in Minesota's Anoka-Hennepin School District challenging a policy that requires faculty to remain “neutral” on matters related to LGBT people. CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 did a report on the district on Wednesday, and guest host Sanjay Gupta interviewed Rosalind Wiseman and Focus on the Family's Candi Cushman.

In Washington, D.C., police are investigating the fatal shooting of a transgender person that occurred early Wednesday morning. Also on Wednesday, Asheville, N.C., police arrested a second person in the recent beating of a man whose attackers were yelling anti-gay slurs. LGBT advocates in the city have criticized response from police, who reportedly did not file a report on the attack.

Teresa Heck, an Iowa prison guard, has been granted family leave by the Iowa Department of Corrections so that she can care for her ailing wife. The department reversed a previous decision against Heck’s request for time off under the Family Medical Leave Act.