The GLAAD Daily: Immigration Enforcement, Lawrence King Trial, Adoption in Virginia and More

The Obama administration announced Thursday that it would exercise “prosecutorial discretion” to focus immigration enforcement efforts on cases involving criminals and people who have flagrantly violated immigration laws. White House officials said the policy could help immigrants with family members in the United States. An attorney for Brandon McInerney on Thursday sought to have Ventura County Superior Court Judge Charles Campbell removed from the Lawrence King case for alleged bias in favor of the prosecution. A 14-page motion accused Campbell of rudeness toward the defense. Virginia’s Board of Social Services this week extended public comment on regulations that would remove a ban on discriminating against prospective parents based on orientation, political beliefs, age, physical disability and family status. Washington County Sheriffs are investigating an attack on a gay couple in their home on Tuesday night. The couple said the attacker, Robert Bosket, shouted gay slurs as he attacked them. James Halfaday, an openly gay candidate for Charlottesville, Va., City Council, said Thursday that he has received several anti-gay messages since he announced his candidacy. GLAAD's Daryl Hannah writes to the Baltimore Sun about the assault on Chrissy Lee Polis and the importance of fair and accurate representation of transgender people in the media: "This horrific incident is symbolic of a larger problem that is not limited to Maryland. It is evidence of a culture that still does not accept its transgender brothers and sisters [...] Until more of the media stops under-representing or misrepresenting transgender people, none of this will change." Christine O'Donnell on Thursday said she has "[n]o hard feelings" for Piers Morgan, but declined Morgan's invitation to appear on his show again. O'Donnell ended her interview with Morgan on Wednesday after asked about issues including her position on marriage for same-sex couples.