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Kansas: Is No Marriage News Good Marriage News?



Supreme Court and same-sex marriage watchers were anxiously expecting Justice Sotomayor to issue an order lifting the stay on same-sex marriage in Kansas Tuesday. What’s going on?

Last month, after the Supreme Court refused to review any same-sex marriage case, the State of Kansas slowly allowed same-sex couples to apply for marriage licenses. Thanks to a three-day waiting period and mass confusion, only one couple actually married before the Kansas Supreme Court intervened and refused to allow any more marriages.

Then, on Election Day, a federal judge struck down Kansas’ ban on same-sex marriage. Judge Daniel Crabtree placed a stay on his ruling through November 11 – yesterday – barring any stays from a higher court.

But on Monday, Kansas appealed to the Supreme Court, urging Justice Sonia Sotomayor to place a stay on Judge Crabtree’s ruling that the State must allow same-sex couples to marry. Justice Sotomayor within minutes agreed to a stay, and ordered Kansas and the ACLU to submit briefs on their positions by 5:00 PM EST Tuesday.

In response, the ACLU told the Court that any delay harms families headed by same-sex parents.

“While this case remains pending in this Court, children will be born, people will die, and loved ones will fall unexpectedly ill,” the ACLU noted. “The substantive legal protections afforded by marriage can be critical, if not life-changing, during such major life events and personal crises.”

In his brief, Attorney General Derek Schmidt claimed Kansas will “suffer irreparable harm to their sovereign immunity” should same-sex marriage be allowed.

Brad Cooper at the Kansas City Star reports “University of Richmond law professor Carl Tobias thinks the Supreme Court will side against the ban.”

The Supreme Court already let stand a 10th Circuit Court ruling striking down gay marriage bans in Oklahoma and Utah. He is doubtful that the court will reverse course from an Oct. 6 ruling that upheld the appeals court’s decision.

“It may be a long shot,” Tobias said of the state’s appeal. “The attorney general is wasting a lot of time, money and effort, and I don’t think it’s going to yield anything.”

Meanwhile, many believed that Tuesday night, time – and the Supreme Court’s stay – were up.

But Justice Sotomayor’s stay on Monday did not mention when she would make any decisions, just when briefs were due.

Now, same-sex couples in Kansas are anxiously awaiting news of whether or not they’ll be able to marry, and when.

Some different-sex couples likely have no idea what many same-sex couples go through, trying to get a license and trying to get married.

Sadly, some anti-gay folks felt the need to express their disapproval, and did so Tuesday via Twitter:

So, for now, same-sex couples wait.

And wait.


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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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