A timely look into the political past of D.C. City Councilmember Douglas E. Moore suggests that the 49-year-old Methodist minister has only recently come out of the closet as a staunch and outspoken gay rights foe.
During debate last week on the city's human rights law, Moore was adamantly castigating the city's gay rights activists as a buch of "fascist faggots." It was the latest in a series of denunications by Moore in his crusade against what he calls the notorious "three G's - gays, gambling and grass (marijuana)."
This must be a new Doug Moore.
In 1974, for example, when the former Black United Front Chairman was running for the seat he now holds, he campaign organization sought out and obtained the support of some of the city's gay activists. Moore said last week that if such an overture was made, he didn't now about it. Others close to the campaign say they find it hard to believe he didn't.
Then in 1975, when the City Council was considereing establishing a special male venereal disease clinic, Moore was one of those in favor of longer hours for the clinic. That, Moore explained last week, was only because he traded off votes with two other Councilmembers - "protectors of perverts," he called them - in order to get support for a proposed $35,000 nutrition program.
Finally, last year, when the Council delcared Gay Pride Day on the same day as Father's Day, guess who voted in favor of the unanimously-passed City Council resolution? (Moore was absent on the day the vote was taken for Gay Pride Day, 1975 and again this year.)
"Because of a lack of information from the chairman," Moore explained last weeK. "I thought anytime someone presented a resolution it was automatically unanimous."
Yes, it's a new Doug Moore. Next year he will block Gay Pride Day, vowed Moore, who is now hoping to run for Council Chairman in the 1978 election.
"Unless they pass it when I'm dead, cripple or paralyzed," Moore proclaimed, "there won't be no more Gay Pride Days in Washington, D.C."
When D.C. voters go to the polls Nov. 8, to decide whether locally elected officials and previously passed legislation can be recalled or reversed by a referendum. Frank Kameny, the patron saint of Washington's gay activists, will probably vote no.
"Referendum provisions are not in the interest of good orderly government," Kameny said last week. "When you have a responsive municipal government was we do, and as Dade County has shown, the first voices heard are those of fanaticism, extremism, zealotry and unreason.
Translation: Despite the strong support gay rights is getting from some elected officials in Washington, the voter referendum might result in a setback for D.C. gays similar to that which occured earlier this year when Dad County, Fla., voters repealed the city's gay rights ordinance.
The Metropolitan Washington Board of Trade is not only one of the biggest registered lobbyists of D.C. city government, it also gets more copies of the mayor's proposed budged than anyone alse outside city government. In fact, some Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners complain, it gets more copies than they do.
While the city is making 35 copies of the mayor's proposed budget available to the ANCs - there are 220 members on the 35 active ANCs - the Board of Trade got 41. But, notes mayoral spokesman Sam Eastman, only six of those are complete sets. The other 35 are copies of only one of the six budgets books.
The ANC members could get more books if they asked for them, Eastman said. That's how the Board of Trade does it. "That's the number they say they can use productively," Eastman said, "and we supply them."