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: Md. Officials at Equality Maryland, Lawrence King's Teacher, "Don't Filter Me!" and More
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Attorney General Doug Gansler on Wednesday spoke at a fundraiser for Equality Maryland. O'Malley spoke about his pledge to advocate for marriage equality legislation in the state legislature and said, “This is about making sure that every family in Maryland is able to raise their children in a loving and stable home, a home that is respected equally under the law."
In North Carolina, where some lawmakers are attempting to push forward a constitutional amendment that would ban marriage equality, Family Research Council Action on Wednesday began airing ads on 20 radio stations urging listeners to ask their lawmakers to support the amendment.
Anti-gay activists are also spending money in New York. The National Organization for Marriage on Wednesday said it would spend $75,000 to defeat Assemblyman David I. Weprin, the Democratic candidate running to replace former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.). Brian Brown said, “David Weprin made a terrible mistake when he voted for same-sex marriage, and I think his community is going to hold him accountable.”
The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston on Wednesday denied NOM’s request for another hearing in its challenge to Maine's political committee laws. The court last month upheld Maine's law requiring disclosure of independent expenditures in candidate elections.
Rachel Aviles said she was encouraged to withdraw, rather than be expelled, from the Master's School, a Christian school in Connecticut, after she told an administrator she is a lesbian.
Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank is expected to return to a night club where two openly gay men were attacked last month. Club Jam in Salt Lake City on Wednesday hosted a charity event in support of an openly gay man who was recently attacked in the city.
On HLN, Dr. Drew Pinsky spoke to Dawn Boldrin, the teacher in the classroom when Brandon McInerney shot and killed classmate Lawrence King. A judge last week declared a mistrial in the 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.
The editorial board of the Los Angeles Times wrote a piece in favor of the ACLU's "Don't Filter Me!" campaign, which aims to lift filters that prevent public schools from accessing LGBT-inclusive websites. The board says, "That is a weighty legal argument, but the paramount reason for schools to stop blocking these sites is educational. Within sensible limits (such as a restriction on sexually explicit material), allowing students to browse the Web expands their horizons and, in the case of sites like the Trevor Project, could save their lives."