The GLAAD Daily: Maryland Marriage, Immigration Application Denied, an Anti-Gay Bus Tour and More

Gov. Martin O'Malley

Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien of Baltimore reportedly sent a letter to Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) urging O'Malley to reconsider sponsoring a proposed marriage equality bill. O'Brien claimed sponsoring the bill would "deeply conflict" with O'Malley's Catholic faith. O'Malley previously said 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.” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) was widely credited for his work in passing the state’s marriage bill. The Advocate’s Julie Bolcer interviewed Cuomo for the magazine’s September issue. In Minnesota, the Anoka-Hennepin Gay Equity Team, a student advocacy group, recently criticized a website created by the Anoka-Hennepin School District in order to explain its "neutral" policy on LGBT-related matters. Robin Mavis, a parent and group spokesperson, said, "We believe the efforts of the school district [on GLBT students' behalf] have been overstated, misstated and re-stated to make it appear that they have done more than they actually have to address GLBT harassment and bullying and the climate within the school district for these students." The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on July 26 cited the so-called "Defense of Marriage Act" when it denied Anthony John Makk's application to be considered for permanent residency as a spouse of an American citizen. Makk is married to Bradford Wells, a U.S. citizen. Craig Person and Edmund Yang on Monday filed a suit against California's Great America amusement park because of a 2008 incident during which an anti-gay slur was found written on a souvenir photograph the men declined to purchase. The pair’s lawyer claimed that complaints were made early on, but that the amusement park became unresponsive. GOProud announced today that Ann Coulter has been named Honorary Chair of its Advisory Council. Christopher Barron said, “Ann helped put our organization on the map. Politics is full of the meek, the compromising and the apologists – Ann, like GOProud, is the exact opposite of all of those things. We need more Ann Coulters.” Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) on Sunday attended a church service in Iowa during which the pastor reportedly called being gay "immoral" and "unnatural." The pastor reportedly later showed a video of a so-called "ex-gay" activist. In other presidential politics, former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) released a statement to news organizations about Texas Gov. Rick Perry's (R) recent comments about New York's marriage law: "If reports are true, then I want to be the first to welcome Governor Perry to the race – but it's too bad he chose to ignore Iowa. I guess we'll all see each other soon on the trail. I wonder which version of marriage he'll be 'fine' with in South Carolina – obviously, not the same version he was 'fine' with in New York." Perry will reportedly enter the presidential race while in South Carolina on Saturday. Jeremy Hooper of Good As You reports that a bus tour hosted by the National Organization for Marriage, Family Research Council and the Susan B. Anthony List launched this week in Iowa. Former Sen. Rick Santorum and former Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-Minn.) are scheduled to join the tour.