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State And Local Officials Are Applying Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage News Differently



This morning’s stunning and historic announcement from the U.S. Supreme Court is being applied differently by officials in different states.

Just an hour ago the U.S. Supreme Court officially declined to hear any of the seven same-sex marriage cases in five states which were being appealed from lower court rulings. All those lower rulings from appeals courts supported same-sex couples, and now, same-sex marriage will be legal in not just those five states, but in eleven more states, bringing the number to 30.

But different state officials are applying the high court’s decision differently.

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In Virginia, where the State — after Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe  and Attorney General Mark Herring were elected — declined to defend the marriage ban in court, same-sex marriages will begin “later today,” AG Herring announced.

In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Dane County Clerk just said he will begin issuing marriage licenses immediately to same-sex couples. Clerks in Outagamie County and Winnebago County are reportedly going to begin issuing licenses as well.  

“In light of the action by the United States Supreme Court,” Gov. Scott Walker’s office states, “Wisconsin will uphold the law as set by the federal Court of Appeals.”

In Oklahoma, which is one of the states from which the Supreme Court specifically denied to hear a case, “Oklahoma County Court Clerk Tim Rhodes says his office won’t issue licenses until a stay is lifted by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals,” the AP reports.

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Fortunately, the 10th Circuit wasted no time whatsoever, paving the way for marriages in Utah, along with Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Wyoming, to legally begin.

And the first same-sex couple to marry in Utah rejoiced:

Despite that news, the Utah County Clerk says they’re not issuing marriage licenses yet:

But the Salt Lake County clerk is:

In Indiana, the Monroe County Chief Deputy Clerk is waiting for the county attorney to review the Court’s announcement to begin issuing licenses, assuming the attorney gives the green light. Indiana is one of the states the Supreme Court declined cases from.

And the Elkhart County, Indiana county clerk is also refusing to issue licenses until they have clear legal direction.

“We’ll be contacting our attorney for determination on how this affects what we do with issuing licenses and the standing of licenses already issued,” the Elkhart Truth reports. “We need a legal opinion of where we stand and what we can do based on this ruling.”

In Colorado, the Boulder County Clerk made this announcement:

And, more updates:

Meanwhile, LGBT and civil rights groups across the nation are filing suit to have marriage bans removed, after today’s Supreme Court announcement.


Editor’s Note: This is a fast-moving story and details may change quickly.

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Man Shoots and Kills Atlanta Supermarket Cashier, Wounds Guard Over Mask Policy: Police



A man pulled out a gun and shot and killed an Atlanta-area Big Bear Supermarket cashier over the store’s mask policy, according to police. Two people, including a DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office reserve unit deputy who was inside the supermarket working as a security guard, and the suspect, were also wounded.

“The subject pulled out a weapon and shot a cashier at the location,” DeKalb County Sheriff Melody Maddox said, according to 11Alive. “The individual is deceased.”

“Although details are not complete, authorities say that the male suspect was involved in a dispute with a young woman before he began firing at her inside the store,” the spokesperson for the sheriff’s office said.

There apparently was an altercation over the mask policy, which is clearly posted on the store’s door.

“A witness, identified as Alan Williams, said a man walked into the store, struck the woman with a gun, then shot her. That’s when the deputy and the suspect exchanged gunfire.”


This is a breaking news and developing story. 

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#AbbottFailedTexas Trends as State Electric Authority Warns of Possible Power Outages Again – This Time in Heat Wave



Over the winter at least 151 Texans died as 4.5 million homes and businesses went without power in a massive failure created by poor planning, lack of regulation, and sheer greed.

Last week Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott promised he had fixed the problem.

On Monday, less than seven days later, ERCOT, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, urged customers to turn air conditioning to no cooler than 78 degrees and to conserve power, as it expects more blackouts throughout the week – this time during extreme heat.

In a statement ERCOT also asked Texans to not use ovens, washing machines, or dryers.

“If you don’t need something – we are asking you to turn it off and unplug it if possible.”

Many Texans, and many Americans, are furious.



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FBI Warns Congress of More Possible QAnon Violence Targeting Democratic Lawmakers



The FBI has briefed members of Congress that QAnon “digital soldiers” may become violent and engage in more acts of domestic violent extremism, like the January 6 insurrection. In an unclassified version of the threat assessment delivered to top lawmakers in April the Bureau warns that Democrats may be targeted.

Rather than walking away from the far right wing conspiracy movement that paints some top Democrats as part of a dark cabal of cannibalistic Satan-worshipping pedophiles being fought by Donald Trump, some QAnon cultists think “that individuals need to take greater control of the direction of the movement than before,” CNN reports in an exclusive.

The shift is fueled by a belief among some of the conspiracy’s more militant followers that they “can no longer ‘trust the plan” set forth by its mysterious standard-bearer, known simply as “Q,” according an unclassified FBI threat assessment on QAnon sent to lawmakers last week, which was obtained by CNN.

This might lead followers to seek to harm “perceived members of the ‘cabal’ such as Democrats and other political opposition — instead of continually awaiting Q’s promised actions which have not occurred,” according to the assessment.

CNN also reports FBI Director Christopher Wray “made clear the bureau is not investigating” the QAnon movement, but only crimes committed by its adherents.

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