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

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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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‘More Grifting’: Internet Says ‘Scam Artist’ Trump Will Try to Move GOP Convention to One of His Own Resorts

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“Trump Doral is going to be the new corona hotspot”

Many across the country think President Donald Trump may try to move the Republican National Convention to one of his own resorts after he kicked off Memorial Day by threatening the governor of North Carolina he may pull it.

The RNC chose the city of Charlotte as host for its 2020 convention, despite the state having a Democratic governor. On Monday Trump tried to force Gov. Roy Cooper to commit to allowing the August event to be held at full capacity, despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Social media users immediately assumed it was a ploy for Trump to move the convention to the Trump Doral or Mar-a-Lago. Trump would make millions if he could secure the contract.

And some even noted The New York Times on Monday reported Trump has even “mused aloud to several aides about why the convention can’t simply be held in a hotel ballroom in Florida.”

 

 

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Right-Wing Militia Spokeswoman Defends Lynching of KY Governor in Effigy: Protesting ‘Is Not the Answer Any Longer’

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A group of right-wing protesters held a demonstration in front of the house of Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear’s mansion this Sunday, at one point hanging an effigy of the governor on a tree in what looked to be a mock lynching. According to CNN, the protest was advertised on Facebook as a Patriot Day Rally to exercise Second Amendment rights.

The backlash against the group’s actions was swift, with even Mitch McConnell slamming the move as “unacceptable.”

“There is no place for hate in Kentucky,” he tweeted.

Responding to the backlash, one of the protest’s organizers took to Facebook and said that this is what happens when people have “stood by and watched this Governor drag people thru the mud and do nothing.”

“People have had enough, the rallies that you attend and speak at, do absolutely nothing to help the people of this State,” Kentucky 3Percenters Inc. State Secretary Patsy Kays Bush on Facebook. “It was not racist it was radical…You can condemn it till the cows come home but screaming and shouting in a microphone is not the answer any longer,….maybe it was in bad taste, maybe it was severe, maybe it was unexpected but at least it was something and I personally will stand by it to the absolute end.”

The protesters, who are part of a militia group that advocates for gun rights, were protesting against Beshear’s coronavirus restrictions at a Second Amendment rally in Kentucky over Memorial Day weekend.

 

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Trump Threatens to Pull GOP Convention Out of NC as First Tweet on Solemn Holiday – Then Says ‘Happy Memorial Day!’

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Memorial Day is a solemn American holiday. It was created for one reason and one reason only: to honor, and to mourn, the members of the U.S. Military who lost their lives while serving their country. It is not a happy day.

Given the coronavirus death toll will likely hit the 100,000 mark today, it is an especially solemn day.

Memorial Day is a day traditionally reserved by the nation’s elected leaders for reflection, visiting gravesites, laying wreaths, and perhaps a non-partisan, non-political speech. It is not a day for politics.

President Donald Trump woke up on this Memorial Day and decided to do things a president and a Commander-in-Chief should never do.

Trump continued his bizarre and heinous holiday tweetstorm by threatening to pull the GOP convention out of North Carolina. He claims he blames the state’s Democratic governor for not giving the RNC the promise they will be allowed to have a full house for their nominating convention, due to coronavirus concerns.

He then tweeted three words no Commander-in-Chief should ever say: “HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!”

That was followed by more political tweets.

 

 

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