Hundreds of same-sex couples married in New York on Sunday, the day the state’s marriage equality law went into effect. Media outlets throughout the country covered the day’s events, and The New York Times devoted its Fashion & Style section to marriage equality. The paper’s City Room blog also ran several pieces about the state’s new law. GLAAD was on the ground at the Manhattan City Clerk’s Office on Sunday.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), a potential Republican presidential candidate, spoke Friday about New York's marriage equality law and said, "That’s New York, and that’s their business, and that’s fine with me. That is their call. If you believe in the 10th Amendment, stay out of their business.”
Also present in Manhattan and other cities around the state were anti-gay activists who protested the first marriages in the state. New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms today filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the marriage law. The group claimed that the state Senate violated the state’s Open Meetings Law by closing off the Senate galleries and lobby and by holding closed door meetings with supporters of the law.
President Obama, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on Friday formally certified the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and enactment of the repeal is expected to occur on Sept. 20, 60 days from the certification. The New York Times published an editorial applauding the certification, but highlighted some lingering discrimination that may still exist when the law is fully repealed on September 20.
In Maryland, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) said Friday he would put the full weight of his office behind the campaign for marriage equality in the state. O'Malley: “At the end of the day, I think all of us need to look at this issue from the eyes of children of gay, committed couples and ask ourselves how one family could be protected less in the eyes of the law than another family. I don’t think that’s an injustice that can be allowed to stand.” The Washington Post wrote that “[s]trong, vocal and persuasive leadership by him could make a big difference.”
CNN on Sunday ran a special report about Minnesota’s Anoka-Hennepin School District, which is being sued by NCLR, SPLC, and Faegre & Benson on behalf of five students who are challenging a policy that requires faculty to remain “neutral” on matters related to LGBT people.
The Associated Press reported that Ifti Nasim, an openly gay Pakistani Muslim poet and advocate, died on Friday at a hospital in Chicago. Nasim was 64.