Freshly Doug Monday

Lazy news day today, as half of Melbourne takes at least half a day off ahead of the Melbourne Cup tomorrow.  Thinking of filling the space with a recipe column instead. However . . . . .

The number one straight ally in American Football, Chris Kluwe, continues as feisty as ever in his support for marriage equality. He’s terminated his blog in a US newspaper over an editorial they published, which posed as neutral on the subject while being in fact an anti-gay rant. He tweeted:

“My main issue with the Pioneer Press editorial is this: It’s a lie. I have no problem with them taking a position I disagree with. What concerns me is them presenting a completely biased piece (word choice, examples used, conclusions) as a neutral position. That’s not only irresponsible journalism, it’s massively hypocritical.

“Have the courage of your convictions. Attach your name to what you believe in. Don’t try to confuse people through obfuscation and selected presentation of arguments. It ruins discussion, and you should be ashamed.”

Things are hotting up in France as equal marriage draws nearer, with the RC Church pulling out all the stops to oppose the measure. Paris Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois told mass-goers that children needed both a father and a mother to build their identity.

“When we defend the right of children to build their personality with reference to the man and the woman who gave them life, we are not defending a particular position. We are recognising what is expressed by the practises and the wisdom of all the peoples since the beginning of time and which modern specialists confirm.”

French psychoanalysts refuted the Cardinal’s argument.

“…. some people have proposed putting forward a theoretical psychoanalysis that formally opposes this project . . . .psychoanalysis cannot be used as a way to oppose a law that is connected to the equality of rights”

And unlike feeble Australian Labor politicians, the ruling French Socialist Party isn’t rolling over and playing dead either. Spokesman David Assouline said it was not the Church’s role “to oppose the will of the legislature, especially concerning civil marriage in a secular republic.”  Laïcité (implying no intervention of religion into political matters) is specified in the Constitution [Wikipedia].

The Vatican is trotting out the same arguments in France, Australia, England and the USA: they’ve no objection to civil unions which afford equal recognition to chaste loving same-sex relationships (they usually omit the ‘chaste’ part , but if you press them, that’s what they mean – they will not under any circumstances countenance sexual loving same-sex relationships), but Dick may only marry Pussy, and Pussy, Dick. They then go on to claim that there’s ‘no difference’ between civil unions and marriage, which given the first part of the argument, makes no sense at all. Plus, it’s a lie.

French ‘Civil Solidarity Pacts’ don’t allow IVF or joint adoption; German civil unions still do not confer full rights; even in the UK, where ‘Civil Partnerships’ are more ‘marriage-like’ than any other version in the world, there are still inequalities. CPs are not recognised by countries which  have gay marriage; you cannot have a CP in a religious setting or ceremony; and, perhaps crucially, ‘widowed’ partners usually receive much less pension and inheritance than what a widow or widower in a marriage would get.

But we all know the Roman Catholic Church speaks with a forked tongue: kreuz.net (cross.net), a German language website which bills itself as run by a  “private, international group of Catholics, in Europe and beyond, primarily employed in the service of the Church” has been online since 2004, spewing anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic and anti-gay hatred. The German church moved to have it shut down early in 2012 but so far its efforts – like all their earlier ones – have been ineffectual, perhaps because sources indicate it emanates from ‘the highest levels of the church’. Homosexual theologian David Berger told Süddeutsche Zeitung that there is a German speaking bishop working for the website. Traces seem to lead back to Austria. And we all know who came from there.

In other news,

  • yet more research, this time in the UK, finds that a quarter of young LGBTI folk have been assaulted, and half have self-harmed;
  • more gays on TV in shows like Will & Grace, Modern Family and Glee – and even reality TV shows like Big Brother –  translates to more acceptance in society;
  • power lesbians go to war in Sydney;
  • Campbell Newman and  Jarrod Bleijie met Brisbane Catholic Archbishop Coleridge at Parliament House on June 19 “to discuss the Catholic Church’s issues regarding the legislation”. The next day, the Civil Partnerships Amendment Bill was introduced at 8.44pm as an urgent bill to scrap provisions “that may be perceived to mimic marriage”.

(This last item sits behind a firewall, but you can get round it by Googling the text of the opening paragraph that appears.)

And finally, some political eye-candy for our homocon readers:

http://politicalscrapbook.net/2012/11/dan-poulter-too-sexy-for-his-shirt

Just goes to show how pro-gay David Cameron’s Conservative Party has become: when British junior Health Minister Daniel Leonard James Poulter (34) went for his annual flu jab recently he went all out for the bear vote, whipping off his shirt and putting on his best ‘waddya think of that bitches’ smirk for the assembled press.   Stand by for a rush of fur to his constituency of Central Suffolk, and North Ipswich.

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Veteran gay writer and speaker, Doug was one of the founders of the UKs pioneering GLBTI newspaper Gay News (1972) , and of the second, Gay Week, and is a former Features Editor of Him International. He presented news and current affairs on JOY 94.9 FM Melbourne for more than ten years. And now he's been nominated for LGBTI Journalist of the Year 2017, which is great news, as he hasn't won any of these things for years! If you want to nominate him too - the more the merrier - you can do it here http://www.australianlgbtiawards.com.au/public-nominations.html "Doug is revered, feared and reviled in equal quantities, at times dividing people with his journalistic wrath. Yet there is no doubt this grandpa-esque bear keeps everyone abreast of anything and everything LGBT across the globe." (Daniel Witthaus, "Beyond Priscilla", Clouds of Magellan, Melbourne, 2014)