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Church Cancels Funeral As Family Waits For It To Start, Because Deceased Was A Lesbian

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A Colorado church is accused of refusing to allow a lesbian woman’s funeral to take place, as her family and friends gathered waiting to pay their last respects.

Vanessa Collier (photo) was only 33 years old when she died in late December. Her wife, children, family, and friends arranged to hold a funeral at New Hope Ministries outside of Denver, in Lakewood, Colorado. They supplied the church with a memorial video for this past Saturday’s scheduled 10:00 AM service.

The church apparently lost the video, and after obtaining a second copy from the family, asked them to edit out the portion that showed Collier kissing her wife.

“We don’t want overt, open homosexuality in our sanctuary,” Pastor Gary Rolando told a local ABC News affiliate. “I love the family,” Rolando added. “I knew the deceased and knew that she led an ‘alternative’ lifestyle.” 

The family refused, and at 10:15, according to a Facebook post, the church announced the open casket funeral would have to be moved, due to technical difficulties.

Pastor Rolando ultimately conducted the service at a different church. Pastor Ray Chavez, the founder of New Hope Ministries, has refused to talk to the press. Rolando blamed a visiting funeral director for the refusal, saying “the funeral director on that day came from a different funeral home in the chain, and wasn’t familiar with New Hope’s policies.”

Friends and family today were out protesting the church, as the video above shows, with signs that read, “Dignity in Death Vanessa” and “You will not find Jesus at New Hope but you will find HYPOCRISY.”

“I’m sorry this happened the way it did,” Pastor Rolando says. “New Hope is very sorry… It’s very sad that it happened the way that it did.”

This of course is not the first time an LGBT person’s funeral has been canceled after a pastor learned the deceased was gay. Last summer, a Tampa pastor reneged on burying a legally-married gay man less than 24 hours before his scheduled funeral, calling the man’s mother as she was at his wake.

And in 2012, a woman who was attending her mother’s funeral was denied communion by the attending priest because she is a lesbian. The priest reportedly exited in the middle of the funeral, and claimed he was too ill to go to the cemetery to deliver the final blessings. “I cannot give you communion because you live with a woman and that is a sin according to the church,” the priest told her. 

 

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‘I Will Not Stand by Silently’: Sotomayor Blasts SCOTUS Conservatives Over Their Latest Attack on Abortion Rights

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“The Court may look the other way, but I cannot.”

Justice Sonia Sotomayor expressed outrage at her conservative Supreme Court colleagues Thursday afternoon, after the six right wing jurists went one step further in attacking the constitutional guarantee of abortion.

Voting 6-3 against a women’s health care provider the Court denied a request by Texas Women’s Health, which provides abortion services, to change jurisdictions, which according to Justice Sotomayor the Court should have done.

“The lawsuit is now stalled with the Texas Supreme Court,” Rewire News reports.

Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern, a Supreme Court expert calls Sotomayor’s dissent “stunning.”

“This case is a disaster for the rule of law and a grave disservice to women in Texas, who have a right to control their own bodies,” Sotomayor writes. “I will not stand by silently as a State continues to nullify this constitutional guarantee. I dissent.”

She begins her dissent by explaining the case:

“It has been over four months since Texas Senate Bill 8 (S. B. 8) took effect. The law immediately devastated access to abortion care in Texas through a complicated private-bounty-hunter scheme that violates nearly 50 years of this Court’s precedents.”

“Today, for the fourth time, this Court declines to protect pregnant Texans from egregious violations of their constitutional rights. One month after directing that the petitioners’ suit could proceed in part, the Court countenances yet another violation of its own commands. Instead of stopping a Fifth Circuit panel from indulging Texas’ newest delay tactics, the Court allows the State yet again to extend the deprivation of the federal constitutional rights of its citizens through procedural manipulation. The Court may look the other way, but I cannot.”

In response the Guttmacher Institute, an organization focused on sexual and reproductive health and rights, accused the Supreme Court of “once again putting ideology over the rule of law.”

 

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Ivanka Trump Responds to Committee’s Invite by Saying She Called for End to Violence – Leaves Out ‘Patriots’ Part

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Ivanka Trump is responding to her invitation from the January 6 Committee by issuing a statement that is being seen suggesting she has no intention of accepting. Earlier Thursday the Committee sent the former First Daughter and White House senior advisor a lengthy 11-page letter asking for her voluntary cooperation.

A statement from her spokesperson given to CNN White House Correspondent Kate Bennett references a tweet posted by Ivanka Trump the day of the attack on the Capitol – a tweet she was forced to delete after massive outrage.

“As the Committee already knows, Ivanka did not speak at the January 6 rally,” the statement reads. “As she publicly stated at 3:15pm, ‘any security breach or disrespect to our law enforcement is unacceptable. The violence must stop immediately.”

But in the actual Ivanka Trump called the insurrectionists “American Patriots,” as CNN reported that day:

 

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Georgia Prosecutor Asks to Convene Special Grand Jury to Investigate Donald Trump’s Alleged Election Interference

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A Georgia county district attorney has requested to convene a special grand jury to assist in her investigation of Donald Trump‘s alleged election interference.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis in a letter to the county’s Superior Court chief judge writes that her office “has received information indicating a reasonable probability that the State of Georgia’s administration of elections in 2020, including the State’s election of the President of the United States, was subject to possible criminal disruptions,” according to the Associated Press.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (photo) was forced to release audio of then-President Trump appearing to intimidate him into fixing the election in his favor.

Trump, in the audio, can be heard berating and threatening the Republican Secretary of State, demanding he “recalculate” the losing election results and “find 11,780 votes” for him, which would have enabled Trump to falsely be declared the winner. Raffensberger refused.

“So look. All I want to do is this,” Trump told Raffensberger. “I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state.”

“There’s no way I lost Georgia,” he added, falsely. “There’s no way. We won by hundreds of thousands of votes.”

Willis told the AP the scope of her investigation “includes — but is not limited to — a Jan. 2, 2021, phone call between Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a November 2020 phone call between U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and Raffensperger, the abrupt resignation of the U.S. attorney in Atlanta on Jan. 4, 2021, and comments made during December 2020 Georgia legislative committee hearings on the election.”

 

 

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