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GOP Attorney General Decrees 300 Same-Sex Michigan Marriages ‘Never Existed’



The Attorney General of Michigan says the State does not have to recognize over 300 same-sex marriage legally performed in his state because they “never existed.”

That’s Bill Schuette up there in the photo, with his wife Cynthia and their two children, standing on stage at the 2010 Michigan Republican State Convention, just a few months before he won the election for Attorney General.

AG Schuette’s official bio on the State of Michigan’s official website, paid for by Michigan taxpayers, proudly touts his marriage, and rightly so, and proudly mentions his children, and rightly so. 

Schuette has many accomplishments listed on his bio. 

“At the age of 31, he was one of the youngest Congressmen in America.”

“In 1990, Bill Schuette was Michigan’s Republican candidate for the United States Senate.”

“Bill Schuette graduated cum laude from Georgetown University in 1976, receiving a Bachelor of Science in the Foreign Service.”

Missing from the Attorney General’s bio however is his latest accomplishment: Telling the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on Friday night that the State of Michigan considers the more than 300 marriages of same-sex couples legally performed in The Great Lake State to be “void.”

“Plaintiffs’ marriages are void and cannot be recognized for any purposes,” Schuette states in his filing. “Michigan’s public policy has at all times insisted upon a definition of marriage as between one man and one woman. In order to protect Michigan’s sovereign interest in that definition, Plaintiffs’ marriages cannot be recognized for any purposes,” the Attorney General claims.

Schuette is embracing the 6th circuit Court of Appeals ruling earlier this month, which found that states have the legal right to ban same-sex marriages. That ruling is being contested and plaintiffs are filing with the U.S. Supreme Court to review the decision. In fact, it very well may be a Michigan case, DeBoer v. Snyder, that determines the future of marriage for same-sex couples in this country.

The Attorney General goes as far as to state that despite legally obtaining licenses to wed from the State, these 300-plus couples are not married “because a court erroneously concluded that Michigan’s definition was unconstitutional.”

“Consequently, from a legal standpoint, because the marriages rested solely on the district court’s erroneous decision, which has now been reversed, it is as if the marriages never existed,” Schuette says in his filing – not once expressing sorrow, regret, or concern for his constituents, the people who job it is to protect.

The federal government recognizes the marriages of these same-sex couples. Their home state, where they live, work, pay taxes, and are raising families, is working overtime to not.

Buzzfeed’s Chris Geidner reports that the “plaintiffs are to respond by Nov. 21, at which point the court will decide whether a hearing on the issue is needed.”


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‘None Whatsoever’: US Diplomat Burns to the Ground Trump Lie That Joe Biden’s Actions Are ‘Corrupt’



President Donald Trump’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, George Kent, in bombshell testimony Wednesday destroyed the president’s lie that Joe Biden’s actions, especially toward Ukraine, are “corrupt.”

Asked if there any factual basis to support Trump’s allegations, Kent replied: “None whatsoever.”



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Taylor Staffer Overheard Trump Impatiently Asking Sondland About ‘The Investigations’ Day After Infamous July 25 Call



The acting ambassador to Ukraine said he has learned since his closed-door testimony that President Donald Trump appeared keenly interested in the status of an investigation into Joe Biden by Ukraine.

Bill Taylor, the president’s top diplomat in Ukraine, testified Wednesday that he learned last week from a staffer, after he was deposed in a closed-door hearing, about an incident that took place a day after Trump’s call to his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky.

“Last Friday, a member of my staff told me of events that occurred on July 26,” Taylor testified.

Taylor was visiting the front of Ukraine’s war with Russia at the time with Kurt Volker, then a special envoy to the country, and a member of the ambassador’s staff accompanied EU ambassador Gordon Sondland to a meeting with Andrey Yermak, an aide to Zelensky.

“Following that meeting, in the presence of my staff at a restaurant, Ambassador Sondland called President Trump and told him of his meetings in Kyiv,” Taylor testified. “The member of my staff could hear President Trump on the phone, asking Ambassador Sondland about ‘the investigations.’”

“Ambassador Sondland told President Trump that the Ukrainians were ready to move forward,” Taylor added.

Taylor’s staff member asked Sondland what the president thought about Ukraine, and the acting ambassador was troubled by his State Department colleague’s response.

“Ambassador Sondland responded that President Trump cares more about the investigations of Biden, which Giuliani was pressing for,” Taylor testified. “At the time I gave my deposition on October 22, I was not aware of this information. I am including it here for completeness.”

Taylor said he first reported that new information through the State Department’s legal adviser, and then through attorneys for both House Republicans and Democrats.


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Nunes Promotes Debunked Conspiracy Theories: Democrats Colluded With Russia and Are ‘Culpable’ of ‘Malfeasance’ in Ukraine



Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-CA) in his opening remarks on the first day of public witness testimony in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, charged House Democrats with wholly debunked conspiracy theories. Among them, that Democrats – not Donald Trump – colluded with Russia, and Ukraine, not Russia, attacked the 2016 U.S. elections. Also, that Democrats, not President Trump, committed wrongdoing against Ukraine.

So, Nunes is claiming (falsely) that Democrats both colluded with Ukraine and attacked Ukraine (video below.)

“Democrats have a long habit of accusing Republicans of offenses they, themselves, are committing,” Nunes claimed. “For years they accused the Trump campaign of colluding with Russia when they themselves were colluding with Russia by funding and spreading the Steele Dossier that relied on Russian sources. And now they accuse President Trump of malfeasance in Ukraine, when they, themselves, are culpable. The Democrats cooperated in Ukrainian election meddling,” Nunes charged.

Literally every word is a lie.

Remember that the U.S. Intelligence Community unanimously decreed that Russia attacked the 2016 U.S  elections. That fact was once again proven during the Mueller investigation, and in the Mueller Report. There is literally zero proof of Nunes’ claims.

Nunes, who may be best remembered for his dramatic dark of night visit to the White House in 2017, where he was given information by the Trump administration only to claim it was from a secret source. That information was falsely framed to suggest (wrongly) the Obama administration had illegally investigated the Trump campaign.




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