Poofters can marry but sheila’s can’t join the golf club

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The more things change the more they stay the same.

In the UK same-sex marriage is now legal, but up in Scotland the ladies aren’t welcome at the golf club.

It is ok for Labour to have a man-ban but not ok for golf clubs to have a chick flick.

The leader of the R&A, which conducts the British Open, said the matter of men-only clubs would be reviewed but added that the exclusionary policy was in no way comparable to racial or religious discrimination.

Peter Dawson, the chief executive of the R&A, said Wednesday during a news conference on the eve of the 142nd British Open, “When things are a bit quieter, after the championship, I’m quite sure we’ll be taking a look at everything to see what kind of sense we can make of it for the future.” 

The site of this year’s championship, Muirfield, has a men-only membership. It is one of three courses in the British Open rotation with such a policy. Royal St. George’s in England and Royal Troon in Scotland are the others. Augusta National, the club that hosts the Masters, added its first two female members before this year’s tournament.

Alex Salmond, the first minister of Scotland, played in the pro-am of last week’s Scottish Open but said he would stay away from this week’s championship in protest of Muirfield’s membership policy.

Dawson said: “Obviously the whole issue of gender and single-sex clubs has been pretty much beaten to death recently. And we do, I assure you, understand that this is a divisive issue. It’s a subject that we’re finding increasingly difficult, to be honest.”

He added, “We do believe that membership policy is a matter of the club’s.”


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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