The GLAAD Daily: Michele Bachmann, Military Matters, Remembering Christina Santiago and More

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), who on Saturday won the Ames Straw Poll, appeared on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday and said she "probably will" work to reinstate "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" if elected president. Bachmann also appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press and was asked by host David Gregory about her history of disparaging remarks about LGBT people. Bachmann said she is not running for president "to be anyone's judge." Gregory later asked Bachmann if she would appoint an out justice, to which Bachmann did not give a definitive answer. Paul Thornton of the Los Angeles Times criticized Republican presidential candidates for their positions on marriage for same-sex couples: "But seriously, Republicans: This is 2012 we're talking about. Even the Bushes are coming around on gay marriage. Plus, your insistence on prolonging this battle could have political consequences, as your party faces serious demographic challenges." The Associated Press examined the difficulties gay former military personnel expect to face if they wish to reinstate in the military. The AP says that many "see the only way back to active-duty as being through the courts." Some institutions, such as Vermont Law School and the William Mitchell College of Law, will begin opening their campuses to military recruiters now that the repeal of the law has been signed into law. Christina Santiago of Chicago was among the victims of Saturday's collapse of a stage at the Indiana State Fair. Santiago managed programming at the Lesbian Community Care Project at Howard Brown Health Center. Her partner Alisha Brennon, who was seriously injured during the incident, survives Santiago. Jamal M. Edwards, President and CEO of Howard Brown Health Center, said, “Christina was an amazing woman - one of our very brightest stars - who worked tirelessly to improve the lives of women, particularly lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer women. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Christina's friends and family, and her beautiful partner Alisha Brennon.” Basic Rights Oregon recently announced that it plans to begin collecting signatures in October for a possible ballot campaign aiming to extend marriage protections to same-sex couples in the state. Lynn Bonner wrote in the Charlotte Observer about campaigns forming around a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban marriage for same-sex couples in North Carolina. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence over the weekend honored LGBT advocate Lee Glaze. Chris Recio, or Sister Tragedy Ann, said of Glaze: "Few people know of Lee. But he was the genesis of the early movement in L.A." David Hiltbrand of the Philadelphia Inquirer profiled openly gay CNN anchor Don Lemon. Lemon on Aug. 27 will serve as the keynote speaker at the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association convention. Wendy Iriepa, a transgender woman, and Ignacio Estrada, a gay man, were married on Saturday in Cuba. Estrada said of the wedding, “We celebrate it at the top of our voices and affirm that this is a step forward for the gay community in Cuba.”