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After Months Of Being Coy, GOP Governor Tells Anti-Gay Group He Opposes Gay Marriage

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My opinion about same-sex marriage “really doesn’t matter” embattled Wisconsin Republican governor Scott Walker told reporters back in June. But now, weeks before the election, apparently it does.

Perhaps you were thinking Gov. Scott Walker, who will turn 47 just two days before next month’s election, was a possible “yes” on same-sex marriage? Sorry to disappoint, but the Republican, non-denominational, evangelical Christian governor of Wisconsin is not about to be painted as sympathetic to LGBT people.

Back in June, and several times after, Governor Walker told reporters his position on same-sex marriage “really doesn’t matter.” It sounded like he was trying to offer his LGBT constituents a modicum of support. 

Throughout the summer, some tried to get Walker, who is running for re-election, to take a stand in support of marriage equality, but the Governor wouldn’t say one way or another how he felt.

But apparently, without a word, last month the Governor sought the endorsement of one of Wisconsin’s most anti-gay organizations. And he got it today.

“Time and again over the last four years, Scott Walker has shown that he understands that Wisconsin’s best resource is her married dad-and-mom families,” Julaine Appling Wisconsin Family Action director and president, said in the announcement. “When these families are strong and independent, Wisconsin is strong.”

The AP reports that “Walker says in the Sept. 5 letter to Wisconsin Family Action that he passed anti-abortion measures and he supports marriage between one man and one woman.”

Appling is a veteran in the anti-gay culture wars.

Back in 2011, The New Civil Rights Movement reported that Appling “famously called for nine-month jail sentences and fines of $10,000 for anyone married in another state who attempted to live in Wisconsin.”

“I think we have been extremely tolerant to let them live wherever they choose,” said Appling, whom the Wisconsin Gazette describes as, “a never-married woman who lives with her lifelong companion, Diane Westphall, in a home they own jointly in Watertown,” adding, “The two also work side by side at WFA.”

The Gazette reports that it was Appling’s group that was responsible for many of the phony ballots, working in conjunction with Americans for Prosperity, (AFP), a right-wing group funded by the infamous Koch Brothers. The ballots even had her WFA return address.

And, did I mention there was an admission? “We’re part of a coalition, and we’re doing this,” Ms. Appling announced proudly, and she stuck to that line right up until the time she was warned the ballots constituted mail fraud. At that point Appling suddenly denied any knowledge of the campaign and claimed AFP had used her group’s return address without permission.

What made me take particular notice of Julaine Appling this week was to whom she sent her phony absentee ballots. Understanding her peculiar paranoia, I suppose it will not come as a surprise to you that the target of Appling’s voter suppression scheme was the Wisconsin Gay Community.

Earlier this year, Appling lost her Wisconsin Supreme Court bid to kick same-sex couples off the state’s domestic registry.

 

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President ‘Dementia J. Trump’ Mocked for Not Saying ‘One Coherent Thing’ During Press Briefing

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President Donald Trump’s Monday evening press briefing is being widely panned as a rambling diatribe of complaints and misinformation. The President had difficulty pronouncing many words, including “plasma,” as many noted.

Trump also lied about the timing of any possible vaccine:

And he lied about the state of the pandemic in the U.S.:

Here’s a sampling of what many are saying:

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‘Dangerous’ Anti-LGBTQ Trump Appointee Who Calls US a ‘Homo-Empire’ Quits – Will Partner With Con Man Jacob Wohl

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A bigoted Trump appointee at the famed U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has just quit but not before announcing she is teaming up with infamous conspiracy theorists Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman at a Thursday press conference, where she will discuss her “Christian beliefs.”

Merritt Corrigan, who once complained the U.S. is in the clutches of a “homo-empire” that pushes a “tyrannical LGBT agenda,” according to Pro-Publica, made several announcements via her now unlocked but mostly-all deleted Twitter account.

Playing the role of a victim of anti-religious bigotry, Corrigan wrote: “For too long, I’ve remained silent as the media has attacked me for my Christian beliefs, which are shared by the majority of Americans.”

Among them, she says, that “Gay marriage isn’t marriage.” The vast majority of Americans believe that the marriage of two people of the same sex is marriage.

She also appeared to attack transgender Americans, saying, “Men aren’t women.”

Corrigan also erroneously attacked a Democratic Senator who is very supportive of religion, Cory Booker, as a “radical anti-Christian leftist.”

Politico’s Daniel Lippman reported on Corrigan’s resignation. She attacked him too:

On Monday the House Foreign Affairs Committee commented on Corrigan’s resignation, and noted last month it said she is “dangerous” in a press release that called for her to quit. Corrigan demanded Chairman Engel debate her, Burkman, and Wohl.

Jacob Wohl, who is a partner with Jack Burkman, has attempted to frame Dr. Anthony Fauci, Robert Mueller, Pete Buttigieg, and waged false attacks against Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris, Ilhan Omar, and Elizabeth Warren. As USA Today reported, Wohl also falsely claimed “that pipe bombs sent to prominent Democrats and media outlets were a left-wing ‘false flag’ operation.”

Among the few tweets she left up, aside from ones posted today, is this one of her with white nationalism sympathizer Tucker Carlson.

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Now-Deleted Photo Allegedly of Jerry Falwell Jr. With Unzipped Pants in the Company of ‘Good Friends’ Stuns Internet

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A Houston Chronicle reporter posted what appears to be a screenshot from Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr’s Instagram account, and it’s going viral on social media. The unconfirmed photo appears to be of Falwell Jr., with his arm around a young woman, his pants unzipped with underwear showing. He is holding a glass.

“More vacation shots,” the caption reads. “Lots of good friends visited us on the yacht. I promised that’s only black water in my glass. It was a prop only.”

Robert Downen, whose bio says he reports on “All things faith/religion” for the Houston Chronicle, tweeted out the screenshot.

Downen says the post is “real,” citing three sources.

Relevant magazine, which says it is “the leading platform reaching Christian twenty- and thirtysomethings,” also called it “a bizarre Instagram post.”

Pulpit & Pen News, which says it is “is a media outreach of the Fellowship Baptist Church,” also reported on the photo, saying: “To say that this behavior is unbecoming and scandalous for a president of a Christian university is an understatement.”

They say Falwell Jr. also posted and then deleted a video of they describe as “Trailer Park Boys” on a yacht.

Some online responses:

 

 

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