The GLAAD Daily: Tammy Baldwin, California, Mark Bingham and More
Out U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) on Tuesday announced that she will run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wisc.). In a message to supporters, Baldwin said, “I’m used to facing challenges head on. When I first ran for Congress in 1998, people counted me out. But we worked hard, campaigned across south-central Wisconsin, and we won.”
The California Supreme Court on Tuesday is hearing arguments about whether the proponents of Proposition 8 have standing to appeal the ruling that found the law unconstitutional.
Also in California, anti-gay activists have until Oct. 12 to collect 504,760 signatures to qualify a ballot measure that would repeal the state's new law requiring schools to teach about the contributions of LGBT people. The state Senate also passed Seth’s Law, an anti-bullying bill named after Seth Walsh. The San Francisco Chronicle ran a story about a number of LGBT-inclusive laws that have recently passed the state legislature.
The New York Times profiled gay men and lesbians who were discharged under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and who plan on re-enlisting in the military once the implementation of the repeal of the law is completed. Some may have to accept a lower rank in order to re-enlist.
Judge Ann O’Regan Keary on Friday ruled that Kenneth D. Furr should continue to be held on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon in connection with an August incident during which he is accused of shooting a gun into a car carrying five people, including two transgender women.
The 9/11 Remembered portion of Yahoo.com ran a profile of Mark Bingham's mother Alice Hoagland. Hoagland has become an advocate for aviation safety and LGBT people since the death of her son on September 11, 2001. Bingham was one of the passengers on United Airlines Flight 93.
The National Organization for Marriage recently erected a billboard attacking Republican state Sen. Roy McDonald, who voted to approve New York's marriage equality law. The group has plans for similar billboards for other state senators who changed their votes to support marriage for same-sex couples.
LGBT advocates threw glitter on a booth for Minnesota for Marriage from the Sky Glider ride at the Minnesota State Fair over the weekend. The advocates said they were protesting what they said was preferential treatment by Fair officials who reportedly declined registration attempts by Minnesotans United for All Families.