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GOP Lawmaker Pushes Bill To Defund Same-Sex Marriage

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A Texas Republican lawmaker’s bill literally defunds same-sex marriage – and punishes state employees who follow the law.

State legislatures are often called the laboratories of democracy. Some experiments, like Massachusetts’ health care system that provided a template for Obamacare, are good ideas and become successful. Others are not.

Take, for instance, “An Act relating to the funding, issuing, and litigation of certain marriage licenses,” also known as HB 623, the Preservation of Sovereignty and Marriage Act, filed by Republican state representative of Texas, Cecil Bell.

“Texas is a sovereign state and our citizens have the right to define marriage,” Rep. Bell said in a statement. “We as Texans voted in 2005 to define marriage as being solely between a man and a woman. In Texas marriage is sacred and traditional families are recognized as the fabric of our society.”

By some count, Texas has the 11th-highest divorce rate in the nation.

Rep. Bell’s bill, if passed by its majority-Republican legislature and signed into law by its anti-gay Republican governor, is literally designed to defund same-sex marriage in the Lone Star State.

“Taxes or public funds may not be utilized to enforce a court order requiring the issuance or recognition of a same-sex marriage license,” one section reads. 

It also mandates that “State or local taxpayer funds or governmental salaries may not be used for an activity that includes the licensing or support of same-sex marriage.”

On top of defunding “certain” marriages, the bill would penalize state employees – clerks – who follow the law regarding same-sex marriage. Texas currently is defending its ban on same-sex couples marrying, but given the current trend, it’s hard to imagine that ban will last forever. When it falls and same-sex marriage is legal in Texas, clerks who issue marriage licenses, as the law would require, would “not continue to receive a salary, pension, or other employee benefit at the expense of the taxpayers of this State.”

The bill point-blank states a “state or local governmental employee officially may not recognize, grant, or enforce a same-sex marriage license,” despite what the U.S. Constitution might suggest, if, for instance, the Supreme Court were to rule on same-sex marriage.

Unfortunately for Rep. Bell and his limited understanding of the Constitution, he foresaw that likely outcome, and included a  provision to address it.

“The State is not subject to suit in law or equity pursuant to the eleventh amendment of the United States Constitution for complying with the provisions of this section, regardless of a contrary federal court ruling.”

That might appeal to the Tea Party base, but any court of law worth its salt would, after laughing hysterically, deem it unconstitutional and strike it down. 

“When I was elected, I made a promise to my constituents to fight to protect our traditional values and to stand strong in the defense of our constitutional rights as Texans and Americans,” Bell says. Just not all Texans and Americans.

 

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Hat tip: Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters

 

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Senior Trump Campaign Advisor and Top Fundraising Official Kimberly Guilfoyle Tests Positive for Coronavirus: Reports

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Trump campaign senior advisor Kimberly Guilfoyle, a former Fox News host who is also the campaign’s top fundraising official, has reportedly tested positive for coronavirus.

Guilfoyle was tested while in South Dakota, where President Donald Trump is right now, about to preside over a Fourth of July fireworks show at Mt. Rushmore.

ABC News Senior Editorial Producer John Santucci posted the news to Twitter:

The New York Times also reported Guilfoyle’s test result, and noted she is “the girlfriend of President Trump’s eldest son,” Donald Trump, Jr.

“Ms. Guilfoyle traveled to South Dakota with Mr. Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr., in anticipation of attending a huge fireworks display where the president was set to speak.”

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‘Spawned,’ ‘Seeded,’ and ‘Spread’: Trump Official Spins Out-of-Control Anti-China Coronavirus Conspiracy Theory

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Trump White House Trade advisor Peter Navarro used the long Independence Day weekend to spin a fantastical conspiracy theory that directly blames China for creating the deadly coronavirus, then sending “hundreds of thousands” of its people to the U.S. to infect and ultimately kill Americans.

“It is the Chinese Communist Party that is making us stay locked in our homes and lose our jobs,” Navarro, the author of the 2011 book, Death by China, told MSNBC’s Ali Velshi Friday afternoon.

“They spawned the virus. They hid the virus. They sent hundreds of thousands of Chinese nationals over here to seed and spread the virus before we knew,” he continued, refusing to respond to Velshi’s questions.

“So, ah, the dateline is November. They spawned the virus, probably came out of the biological lab. For two months, they hid the virus from the world and the possibility of a pandemic, behind the shield of the World ‘Health’ Organization. While they did that, they vacuumed up the world’s protective equipment, including two billion masks, and,” said Navarro, plowing through Velshi who repeatedly asked if China did this deliberately.

“Here’s the point. While they were preventing any domestic travels from Wuhan to Beijing or Shanghai, locking down their transportation network, they freely sent hundreds of thousands of Chinese nationals on aircraft to go around the world.”

“They deliberately allowed Chinese nationals to come to the United States, Italy, and everywhere in between, who were infected, while they were locking down their own transportation network.”

“Let’s be careful and clear with the words,” Navarro said, very carefully and deliberately gaslighting viewers. “What they did, during this period of time when they knew there was a pandemic, they didn’t allow their people to travel inside of China, they allowed people inside of china who were likely infected to go around the world.”

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‘Groucho? Harpo? Chico?’: Matt Schlapp Mocked for Claim This May Be Final 4th of July Before ‘Marxists’ Take Over US

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Far right wing lobbyist, Fox News contributor, Trump campaign surrogate, and provocateur Matt Schlapp is being mocked after claiming Marxists are taking over the country and warning that as a result, Saturday may be America’s final Fourth of July.

Schlapp apparently was forced to use a photo of umbrella-holding protestors fleeing what looks like tear gas, with one particularly patriotic young man donning an American flag face mask while holding up a rather large American flag.

“This Saturday, if the Marxist leaders have their way, we will celebrate #IndependenceDay for the last time as a free people,” Schlapp tweeted. “Now is the time to stand up for your country. And even more importantly, pray that the Great American Experiment survives their assault.”

At first glance, perhaps, some likely would assume the image is of Black Lives Matter activists at a George Floyd racial justice protest.

But as Vox co-founder Matt Yglesias pointed out, the photo is of protestors in Hong Kong, a region currently engaged in its own fight for freedom.

(The photo is from the Associated Press, and can be seen in this Voice of America article)

Schlapp, whose wife is a Trump campaign advisor, was double mocked – for the photo, and for the “American” protestors.

(The right recently has been labeling Black Lives Matter as “Marxist,” citing the reported beliefs of one of its co-founders, intentionally ignoring that the millions who are marching against police killings and for racial justice are not.)

Schlapp, by the way, is the chairman of the American Conservative Union, the company that hosts the annual right wing Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Several companies have recently dropped Schlapp over his comments about the George Floyd protests. Among them, these:

Here’s how some are responding to Schlapp:

 

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