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Sen. Marco Rubio Opposes Constitutional Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

Via Bloomberg: Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio said Wednesday he would oppose a constitutional amendment allowing states to ban same-sex marriage after the Supreme legalized it nationwide, even though he disagrees with the landmark 5-4 decision. “I don’t support a constitutional amendment. I don’t believe the federal government should be in the marriage regulation business,” the Florida senator told reporters ...

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Democrats Mock “Retrumplican Party”

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RNC Chair Reince Priebus Pleads With Donald Trump: You’re Hurting The GOP

Via the Washington Post: The head of the Republican National Committee, responding to demands from increasingly worried party leaders, spent nearly an hour Wednesday on the phone with Donald Trump, urging the presidential candidate to tone down his inflammatory comments about immigration that have infuriated a key election constituency. The call from Chairman Reince Priebus, described by donors and consultants ...

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HOUSTON: Christian Group To Deliver Signatures On Anti-Trans Referendum

Earlier this year a Houston jury ruled that a petition drive to repeal that city’s LGBT rights ordinance had too many invalid signatures to be placed on the ballot. Today the haters will try again. Another petition drive over Houston’s equal rights ordinance, or “HERO,” is hitting City Hall Thursday morning. They’re delivering 22,000 signatures on petitions to the city ...

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ARIZONA: Homocon Sheriff Paul Babeu Defends Trump’s Attacks On Mexicans

In March 2012 the Mexican ex-boyfriend of Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu sued him for $1M, alleging that Babeu had threatened to have him deported if the boyfriend were to out him. Babeu’s run for the US House fizzled shortly thereafter, but not before it was revealed that he had spoken at an event staged by a group that wants to ...

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ALABAMA: Liberty Counsel Advises State Supreme Court On Defying Obergefell

Via Lyle Denniston at SCOTUSblog: Asked by the Alabama Supreme Court for advice on what to do next on same-sex marriage, two conservative advocacy groups in the state have urged both direct and indirect resistance to the Supreme Court’s ruling mandating a constitutional right for gays and lesbians to wed. The state court, the groups argued, has the constitutional power ...

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SOUTH CAROLINA: Confederate Flag To Come Down After Lopsided House Vote

Via the Washington Post: The Confederate flag flying on South Carolina’s statehouse grounds is set to come down after the House voted 94-20 to remove it. The bill, passed early Thursday morning, now heads to Republican Gov. Nikki Haley’s desk and she is expected to sign it. After more than 13 hours of debate — which became increasingly contentious as ...

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TRAILER: White People

Judging by the highest-rated comments at YouTube, the wingnuts are very upset about this movie.

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KENTUCKY: 57 County Clerks Demand Special Legislative Session On Marriage

Via the Louisville Courier-Journal: A county clerk says nearly half of the county clerks in Kentucky have asked Gov. Steve Beshear to call a special session of the legislature to address the issue of gay marriage licenses after same-sex marriage was legalized. Lawrence County Clerk Chris Jobe says a letter sent Wednesday by 57 clerks to Beshear explains that they ...

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California: Now More Latino Than White

Via the Los Angeles Times: The demographers agreed: At some point in 2014, Latinos would pass whites as the largest ethnic group in California. Determining when exactly that milestone would occur was more of a tricky question. Counting people isn’t like counting movie ticket receipts. The official confirmation had to wait until new population figures were released by the Census ...

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One Minute Time Machine

“Every time the beautiful Regina rejects his advances, James pushes a red button and tries again, all the while unaware of the reality and consequences of his actions. Directed by Devon Avery. Selected for the Sploid Short Film Festival, a celebration of coolest short films and the filmmakers that make them.” (Tipped by JMG reader Ray)

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ARKANSAS: Another Renegade Clerk

After consulting with the Liberty Counsel, the county clerk of Van Buren County, Arkansas has distributed a memo which declares that her office will not be issuing same-sex marriage licenses.  Via the Arkansas Times: Pam Bradford, the Van Buren County clerk, circulated this memo to all county clerks today announcing her intention to defy the U.S. Supreme Court and have ...

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PUERTO RICO: First Circuit Finally Rules Marriage Ban To Be Unconstitutional

Earlier this year the First Circuit punted on the appeal of Puerto Rico’s marriage case, saying that it would wait until SCOTUS rules. Today we finally got that decision. Via Lambda Legal: Today’s decision provides further recognition of the dignity and equality of LGBT people in Puerto Rico. We applaud the First Circuit for recognizing that Puerto Rico’s marriage ban ...

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RUSSIA: Putin’s Ruling Party Mocks White House With “Heterosexual Pride” Flag

Russia has officially gone Manif Pour Tous. Via the Moscow Times: Russia’s ruling political party has designed a “heterosexual flag” to honor traditional family values, the Izvestia newspaper reported Wednesday. Copies of the flag, which feature the outlines of a man and a woman holding hands with three children, were shown to Izvestia by Andrei Lisovenko, deputy head of the ...

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TURKEY: Islamic Youth Group Posts “Kill All Gays” Messages In Ankara

LGBT News Turkey reports: “Young Islamic Defense” has been putting up posters throughout Ankara. The poster says, “If you see someone engaged in the dirty business of the tribe of Lot, kill the doer and the done both.” Arguing that Muslims should not be silent about this issue, the group has publicly defended their call to massacre on their website: ...

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OKLAHOMA: Gov. Mary Fallin Defies Order To Remove Ten Commandments Marker

According to Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, the Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the state capitol is not an endorsement of Christianity but a “tribute to historical events.” So it stays where it is. CNN reports: “Oklahoma is a state where we respect the rule of law, and we will not ignore the state courts or their decisions. However, ...

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Janet Porter: I Prayed Bush Into Office And Can Pray Away Obergefell Ruling

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I Bind You, Nancy

The first question Pat Robertson fields from an alleged viewer today involves the proper way to cast out a demon who keeps coming back and coming back.  Somehow Robertson doesn’t mention Trump by name.

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Computer “Glitches” Shut Down New York Stock Exchange, United Airlines, WSJ

CNN reports: The New York Stock Exchange suspended trading 11:32 a.m ET Wednesday. In a brief announcement, the exchange said it was experiencing a “internal technical issue” and said on Twitter that it’s “not the result of a cyber breach.” “We will be providing further updates as soon as we can, and are doing our utmost to produce a swift ...

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AUSTRALIA: Beyonce Inspires Skyscraper

Vogue reports: In case you didn’t have enough proof that Beyoncé is slowly taking over the world, Australia just approved plans to build a 68-story skyscraper in the shape of the singer’s famously curvaceous figure. While there have been plenty of oddly shaped structures that have gone up in the past—such as these constructions in the form of a robot, ...

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