The California Supreme Court this week scheduled a Sept. 6 hearing on whether proponents of Proposition 8 have legal standing under state law to defend the law when challenged in court. In other marriage news, Maryland state Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D) on Thursday said he believes a marriage equality bill would pass the state General Assembly next year.
During an interview with Family Research Council's Tony Perkins, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) clarified remarks he made during which he said New York's marriage law is "their business and that’s fine with me." Perry said during the interview, "it’s fine with me that a state is using their sovereign rights to decide an issue. Obviously, gay marriage is not fine with me. My stance hasn’t changed.”
In The New York Times, Erik Piepenburg profiles transgender individuals who are taking roles in television and films. Among those profiled is Laverne Cox, whose VH1 show TRANSform Me was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award this year.
Lambda Legal this week announced a lawsuit filed on behalf of Liza Friedlander, who claims a manager of a Queens Sizzler attacked her and called her an anti-LGBT slur. The suit, filed in Queens Supreme Court, alleges that the attack caused restaurant patrons to also shout slurs at Friedlander. Police in Grand Rapids, Mich., are investigating an attack upon David Battjes, who says two men pushed him against a wall and called him an anti-gay slur as he was walking home from a meeting for Equality Michigan.
In related news, hundreds of people attended an event on Thursday to dedicate a corner in Houston, Texas, to the victims of crimes motivated by bias.
Servicemembers Legal Defense Network on Thursday released a guide called "Freedom to Serve: The Definitive Guide to LGBT Military Service," which aims to assist LGBT service members when "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal is fully implemented.
On Good As You, Jeremy Hooper criticized Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage for attacking Elisabeth Hasselbeck because The View co-host said the July 24 protests of marriage equality were in "bad taste." Hooper: "Through it all, we viewers have seen Elisabeth greatly/surprisingly evolve her own views on this subject. And not because she is either poor or misled, but rather because she gets to live among the richness of this city and state, both longtime leaders in diversity and the fair recognition thereof."
Warren Throckmorton wrote in his blog that he spoke this week with Ugandan MP Hon. Otto Odonga who said that the country's Parliament was planning on bringing back anti-gay legislation, or the so-called "Kill the Gays Bill," by the end of August.