The GLAAD Daily: Pawlenty Signs NOM Pledge, Gov. Perry's "The Response," Some Missouri Schools Lift Filters

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) over the weekend decided to sign a National Organization for Marriage pledge outlining his opposition to marriage for same-sex couples. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R), Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) have already signed the pledge. Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Saturday hosted a prayer event called "The Response." Some LGBT advocates protested the event because the anti-gay American Family Association was one of its sponsors. The New York Times ran a piece examining President Obama’s choices for judicial nominees, which include some out individuals. J. Paul Oetken recently became the first openly gay man to be confirmed to the federal judiciary. The New York Times Magazine featured a write-up about the U.S. Supreme Court in which Emily Bazelon writes about the language Justice Anthony Kennedy used in his Lawrence v. Texas opinion, which some took to indicate that Kennedy would someday support marriage equality. The Times also ran a piece profiling Chris Mosier, a transgender man who competed Sunday in the New York City Triathlon. Mosier said, “Most people assume that men are naturally better athletes and write off the ability of a trans guy switching over to compete as male because he isn’t seen as competition. Regardless of gender, I will beat a lot of athletes at races, and I will get beat by some.” The piece went on to examine some of the hurdles faced by transgender athletes, and points out that transgender womenn often face more legal difficulties when competing in sports. The Missouri Research & Education Network, which provides Internet access and filtering software to 100 school districts in Missouri, said Friday it will work to lift filters that prevent students from viewing LGBT-related content. The group decided to make the change after receiving a letter from the ACLU and Freedom to Read Foundation. The Burns & Haberman blog on says Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) reportedly ended an interview recently after she was asked about marriage for same-sex couples. Bachmann allegedly said: "I'm not involved in light, frivolous matters. I'm not involved in fringe or side issues. I'm involved in serious issues."