More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
The GLAAD Daily: Prop. 8, Angie Zapata's Family, Rick Perry Signs NOM Pledge and More
The plaintiffs in the Proposition 8 case are scheduled to appear in court today and will urge a federal district judge to grant a motion to make video footage from the trial public. The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times both discussed the importance of making the footage public.
Jury deliberations are scheduled to resume on Monday in the Brandon McInerney trial. McInerney is accused of killing classmate Lawrence King, and he faces more than 50 years in prison if convicted.
Joe Solmonese of the Human Rights Campaign announced his resignation in a press release over the weekend. Solmonese said, “This is the right moment for me to move on. As I explore new professional possibilities, I plan on continuing to pour my heart and soul into improving the lives of members of our community—from battling proposed marriage amendments to creating more equitable workplaces to ensuring the President Obama is reelected for a second term.” Solmonese will leave the organization at the end of his contract in March 2012.
Kenneth Furr, a police officer in Washington, D.C., on Friday fired a handgun at several people, including two transgender women who said they were wounded by gunfire after a traffic collision involving Furr, who was off duty at the time.
In the Greeley Tribune, Sharon Dunn examined how the family of Angie Zapata is dealing with the March attack on Stephanie Villalobos, Zapata's out lesbian sister. The family believes the attack was motivated by a man's jealousy that Villalobos was dating his ex-girlfriend.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday signed a National Organization for Marriage pledge promising to take several anti-gay positions on marriage if elected president. NOM’s Brian Brown said, “The purpose of NOM’s Marriage Pledge is to move from vague values statements to concrete actions to protect marriage. Gov. Perry joins Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum as a signer of NOM Marriage Pledge. By doing so, Perry makes crystal clear that, contrary to the conventional wisdom, gay marriage is going to be a bigger issue in 2012 than it was in 2008, because the difference between the GOP nominee and President Obama is going to be large and clear.”
In other marriage news, Washington State Sen. Ed Murray and Rep. Jamie Pedersen recently said they are in early discussions and considering introducing marriage equality legislation next year. In Iowa, state Senate Majority Leader Michael Gronstal has said that he will prevent debate over the state's marriage equality law in the state legislature next year.
Arlene Stein wrote in the Star-Ledger’s NJ Voices Guest Blog about some lower income LGBT couples for whom marriage equality is not an extremely important matter. James Credle, an LGBT advocate in Newark, said, “All this talk of marriage is just a luxury. For us, it’s about survival.”
Rev. Phillip "Flip" Benham on Saturday was charged with violating Charlotte's noise ordinance when he was protesting the city's Pride celebration. Benham said, “It’s the way the city controls us. It controls the message that we speak. The city can control the content of a message if they can control the volume.”