Freshly Doug Wednesday

Election Day in the US, and by the end of today we should have a fair idea if America is to be governed by a smart, engaging moderate black guy, or a very very rich Mormon theocrat robber baron – incidentally, an ordained bishop of his church, too.

We should also have the results of four ballots affecting equal marriage rights. ‘Protect Marriage Maine’ posted this shocker of a webpage (it’s been taken down now but Towleroad kindly kept a copy), revealing the depth of blind prejudice that motivates them – and pretty well everyone who opposes marriage equality, actually. It’s just that they don’t often come right out and say it. So thanks, bigots, now we know what you really think behind all that ridiculous flimsy rhetoric about kids needing mommies and daddies.

Lucky then, we have yet more research showing that two mommies are actually very good for you, especially ion your teen years..

One Ohio Senate candidate is facing an attack ad – from his own family. Josh Mandels, a would-be Republican Senator for Ohio who would like to repeal ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ and opposes marriage equality woke up to a full page ad in Cleveland Jewish News denouncing him  – placed by his own family. It reads, in part:

“Your discriminatory stance violates these core values of our family. Nevertheless we hope that over time, as you advance in years and wisdom, you will come to embrace the values of inclusiveness and equality as well.


A long running campaign to repeal marriage equality in Spain ran into the buffers today, with the Constitutional Court affirming that the law is constitutional. Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz Gallardon conceded that the court’s ruling was “binding”: here will be no attempt to overturn the ruling via legislation.

Things are not so hot elsewhere: in defiance of EU pressure the Slovakian parliament decisively voted down a bill to recognise same-sex relationships, calling it ‘insane’, ‘blasphemous’, an unprecedented ‘attempt to crash the entire legal system.’ Meanwhile the barely-democratic Hong Kong Assembly is debating whether to hold a public consultation on outlawing discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation. The usual suspects fear they won’t be able to preach anti-gay sermons if such a measure is enacted.

South Australian Police Commissioner Gary Burns (no, this is a different one), is out of step with his interstate colleagues: he won’t let his women and men march in Pride parade in uniform. In Victoria, the Commissioner now regularly joins the march, in uniform. I can only think that the SA cop kit must be particularly ordinary and he’s afraid of looking even more old-fashioned than he already does. For all you armchair clicktivists, here’s a petition – yes I know we’re drowning in the things, but they do sometimes work – to help him change his mind.

He might like to watch this “It Gets Better” video from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police – in uniform. That should grab him – they say the Mounties always get their man.

About the author

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. "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)