The GLAAD Daily: NY Marriage Update, Brandon McInerney, Suquamish Tribal Council and More

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a recent interview that he would defend New York's marriage law in court and that he is "confident we'll prevail." As was reported earlier, anti-gay activists have challenged the law in court. Schneiderman last week filed a brief in U.S. District Court in Manhattan and joined a case challenging the constitutionality of Section 3 of the so-called "Defense of Marriage Act." The Politics on the Hudson blog reported New York state Sen. Greg Ball (R), who voted against New York's marriage bill, said this week that he does not support a lawsuit filed by anti-gay activists. Ball: "The votes were there, the vote was held, and the bill passed. This group apparently would have liked to see old Albany rear it’s [sic] ugly head, where a small minority controlled by the extreme and petty interest, could have killed democratic action. Democracy won.” Also in New York, Steven Thrasher wrote in the Village Voice’s Runnin’ Scared blog about his experience attending some marriages for same-sex couples in New York. Beth Hawkins at posted communications from Anoka-Hennepin School District about its policy requiring district employees to remain "neutral" on matters relating to LGBT people. CNN’s Kyra Phillips on Monday spoke to LZ Granderson and Will Cain about the policy. The trial of Brandon McInerney continued on Monday and several teachers testified. Susan Crowley, Lawrence King's seventh grade special education teacher, testified and  claimed King "didn't have the social skills to get along with his peers." Other teachers testified, including Shirley Brown, who spoke of some of the makeup King wore: "I would talk to any student who was doing anything that was making themselves a target [...] My comment was that if something wasn't done soon, Larry would be taken behind the back shed of the P.E. area and be beaten to death." The Lawrence Journal-World reported that Kansas LGBT advocates this week criticized Gov. Sam Brownback (R) for his decision to attend an anti-gay rally called "The Response." Thomas Witt of the Kansas Equality Coalition said Monday, “These aren’t groups who just don’t want gays to get married. Everyone knows where Sam Brownback stands on that; he doesn’t like it. But this is about showing support for organizations that would rather see us dead.”  Brownback in June had accepted an invitation to the event from Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R). reported that the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association this week announced it will honor Don Michaels, William Dorr Lambert Legg, and Michelangelo Signorile in Philadelphia on Aug. 27. The website also reported that an openly gay man, Steve Kleinedler, had been hired as the American Heritage Dictionary’s new executive editor. Joseph Murphy and Zachary Kocman were recently charged with one felony count of bias-motivated crime and one misdemeanor count of third-degree assault for the July 18 attack on a 25-year-old man in Denver. Murphy and Kocman reportedly yelled anti-gay slurs at the victim before attacking him. On Monday, the Suquamish Tribal Council formally changed its ordinances to extend marriage protections to same-sex couples.