The GLAAD Daily: Dharun Ravi in Court, "8," Sentence for Stonewall Attackers and More

A Superior Court judge on Friday denied a motion to dismiss an indictment against Dharun Ravi, the 19-year-old accused of a hate crime, invasion of privacy and tampering with evidence in a case involving Tyler Clementi, who died by suicide last year. Authorities say Ravi broadcast an intimate encounter between Clementi and another man. Producers of a special performance of "8," a play about the Proposition 8 trial, announced Thursday that John Lithgow, Rory O'Malley, Bradley Whitford, Bob Balaban, Matt Bomer, Campbell Brown and Larry Kramer would be joining the cast. The play was written by Dustin Lance Black and will be performed as part of a fundraiser at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre on Sept. 19. Cameron Nelson was attacked early Thursday morning while taking out the trash at a salon in American Fork, Utah. Nelson said he believes he was attacked because of his orientation, and Sgt. Gregg Ludlow of the American Fork Police Department called remarks made toward Nelson "disgusting." Nelson is the third gay man to be attacked in the Salt Lake City area in recent weeks. Former Tennessee state Sen. David Fowler of the Family Action Council of Tennessee recently sent an e-mail attacking BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee for showing a "cultural acceptance of homosexual conduct" in an Aug. 24 letter to suppliers in which the insurance company mentioned its support of LGBT-owned businesses. Also in Tennessee, students at Sequoyah High School started a petition to get approval to start a gay-straight alliance club after being rejected by school officials. Officials are now reportedly telling students that if they continue the petition they will be suspended. Nineteen-year old Coloradan Mark Olmstead confirmed Thursday that he will stop trying to collect signatures needed for a ballot initiative aiming to repeal the ban on marriage for same-sex couples in the state. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) on Thursday sent a Twitter message to supporters and announced that she will co-sponsor the Respect for Marriage Act, the bill aiming to repeal the so-called "Defense of Marriage Act." Mikulski wrote, “Will co-sponsor bill 2 repeal #DOMA - All Americans entitled 2 equal protection under law & 2 be treated w/dignity & respect. #ItGetsBetter.” Matt Francis and Christopher Orlando reportedly were sentenced to two years in prison for last year's attack on Benjamin Carver at the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan's Greenwich Village. Carver posted on his Facebook and said, “Just got word from the New York DA’s office: The guys who attacked me at Stonewall pleaded guilty to hate crime and violent assault. Two years in prison.”