The GLAAD Daily: Mistrial in Lawrence King Case, DADT News, Honoring Christina Santiago and More
A judge on Thursday declared a mistrial in the Brandon McInerney case after jurors failed to reach a unanimous decision on the degree of McInerney's guilt for killing Lawrence King. The jurors took a series of votes -- the last one with seven in favor of voluntary manslaughter and five in favor of either first-degree or second-degree murder.
A panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday heard arguments from Dan Woods, a lawyer for the Log Cabin Republicans, and a lawyer for the Justice Department. The Justice Department lawyer argued that a lower court ruling, which found "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" to be unconstitutional, should be invalidated because the repeal of the law has rendered the case moot. Woods said the court needs to weigh in because lawmakers or future administrations could potentially reinstate the law.
The Army Times reported that Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) is reportedly drafting legislation that would require services to “ensure that a member of the Armed Forces under their jurisdiction is not pressured to approve of another person’s sexual conduct if that sexual conduct is contrary to the personal principles of the member.” Hunter has tried several times to undermine the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
Dane Hall was attacked by four men who yelled anti-gay slurs when he was leaving a nightclub last Friday night. Hall suffered three fractures in his jaw, a shattered cheekbone and the loss of six teeth. Salt Lake City police are investigating whether the attack on Hall is linked to another recent attack.
A memorial service is planned for next week to honor Christina Santiago, a Chicago woman who died when a stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair. Santiago managed programming at the Lesbian Community Care Project at Howard Brown Health Center in Chicago.
One Anchorage filed an application on Thursday aiming to put an initiative on the April 2012 municipal ballot asking voters to approve an LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance. Mayor Dan Sullivan vetoed a similar proposal in 2009 after being approved by the Anchorage Assembly.
Wake Forest University recently opened the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning Center on campus. Angela Mazaris, the center's director, said, "We want to reach out to different parts of the student population so they can learn how to deal confidently with the LGBTQ community in their professional lives."