Home' LOTL : June 12 Contents The Liberal party's first openly gay MP says he does not believe
in marriage equality.
Senator Dean Smith said: "I don't support gay marriage, and a
lot of people are surprised to hear that, but that's just an example of
people following stereotypes.
"Marriage is a term that is attached to tremendous symbolism
-- it is heavily laden with cultural values. I do absolutely believe in
equality before the
law, but I don't think
the debate about gay
Smith has copped
criticism from gay
lobbyists for his
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Obama's gay wedding blessing
Pictured: Senator Dean Smith
Conversion uncool in Cali
California is set to pass a bill outlawing so-
called “conversion” or “reparative” therapies
that claim to alter people’s sexualities.
Reparative or so-called ex-gay programs were
the subject of Aussie documentary, The Cure,
which sold out sessions at queer flm festivals
around the country.
The bill outlaws such practices for minors and
requires to be told counselling is ineffectual and
probably dangerous, is sponsored by Senator Ted
Lieu. He says such programs “can be dangerous”
and cause “extreme depression and guilt which
may lead to suicide”.
It passed its fnal Senate Committee in May.
Sad day for North Carolina lesbians
Two lesbians in North Carolina were denied a
marriage license the day after voters passed a
constitutional amendment defning marriage as
solely as a union between a man and a woman.
Ann Willoughby and Barb Goldstein were one
of three couples turned away by the clerk at
“I know you’re just doing your job, but we’ve
been together 30 years,” said great-grandmother
The vote in favour was 61 percent, but gay rights
groups vowed to fght on.
Stuart Campbell, of Equality NC, said: “We
have seen in other states when people have
experienced other votes like this, there is a lot of
grieving, a lot of anger. We want to channel that
anger and energy into constructive ways to take
Facebook rejects lesbian tee
Facebook regulators have rejected an ad for a
T-shirt that reads: “Lesbian wanted”.
Danish custom T-shirt company T-Out said
it could not advertise the shirt to lesbians on
Facebook as a result.
A spokesperson stated: “It’s very strange really
because we’ve had ads on Facebook before
with one of our designs – one with the word
“Gaytoy”, which has a design based on the
Playboy logo.That one was
problem, but wh
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US President Barack Obama has publicly
supported gay marriage.
Speaking on ABC in the US, Obama said: "It
is important for me to go ahead and a rm that
I think same-sex couples should be able to get
Obama's statement makes him the rst US
president to support marriage equality, and
follows the example set by senior members of his
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said
he supported gay marriage the day a er Vice
President Joe Biden told NBC's Meet the Press
he was "absolutely comfortable" with the right of
same-sex couples to marry.
ueer celebrities applauded his decision.
Lesbian actor and Glee star Jane Lynch tweeted:
"Pretty darn happy today. anks Mr President,
for supporting the dignity of my family and so
Ellen Degeneres tweeted: " ank you
President @BarackObama for your beautiful and
brave words. I'm over whelmed."
But commentators say Obama's stance is a
political risk six months out from the Presidential
election against Republican candidate Mitt
Romney in June, considering 30 US states still
outlaw gay marriage.
Ralph Reed of the Faith and Freedom
Coalition said: " is is an unanticipated gi to
the Romney campaign."
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard
refused to budge on the issue. "I've made my
position clear and that's the position I'll take into
the parliament,'' she told ABC Radio.
Greens senator Sarah Hanson Young, who has
a marriage equality bill in the Senate, tweeted:
"Wonderful show of leadership from President
Obama in now supporting #marriageequality. It's
time for Australian MPs to do the same."
Midsumma, Melbourne's queer festival, is seeking short videos from
queer folk who have attended Carnival to create a fundraising film.
Organisers want to raise money for the festival's 25th year in 2013
and are creating a film to show potential donors on what Carnival
means to the community.
Movies on iPhones of 10 seconds
r less of yourself and friends
describing your first Carni-
val, thoughts on the festival
or perhaps most memorable
Midsumma moment are most
Email your vids to admin@
Midsumma can make you famous
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