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Breaking: North Carolina Senate Votes To Allow Discrimination At The Marriage Bureau



The North Carolina Senate has just voted to allow magistrates to opt out of marrying same-sex couples. 

After two hours of debate, the North Carolina State Senate just past noon voted to allow discrimination at state marriage bureaus. The hotly-contested bill, should it become law, will allow magistrates and others appointed by the state to opt out of marrying same-sex couples – although they will not be allowed to perform any marriages of any couples, in an attempt to appear non-discriminatory.

While the legislation is targeted to protect magistrates with deeply-held religious beliefs from having to perform their duties by marrying same-sex couples, as senators opposed to the bill noted, interracial couples, and others, could just as easily be affected.

Magistrates would legally be given the right to opt out at any time, potentially upon being presented with their first same-sex couple. That scenario could lead to charges of discrimination on one of a couple’s most important days in their lives.

The bill passed largely on party lines, by a vote of 32-16, and heads to the House for a vote. Two Republicans voted against the bill.

After the vote concluded, Senator Phil Berger, who pushed the legislation, adjourned the day’s session.

Lawmakers opposed to the bill voiced concern about what might come next.

“Passing this bill will embolden other public servants to choose when and where they do their job,” Democratic Sen. Josh Stein told his colleagues. “We’re putting ourselves in league with Alabama as the states who refuse to respect the Constitution.”

Republican Sen. Buck Newton said he was “disgusted” by comparisons between racial discrimination and those opposed to same-sex marriage. “You’re born into your race. I don’t know about sexual orientation,” he said, adding, “People should not have to choose between their faith and their jobs.”

Calling the bill “discriminatory,” Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, executive director of the Campaign for Southern Equality in a statement said the legislation “treats gay and lesbian couples as second-class citizens and distorts the true meaning of religious freedom. Once again our legislature has demonstrated a willful disregard for the basic concept of treating all North Carolinians fairly.” She added, “I believe this bill will not stand the test of time because it is rooted in animus.”

Responses on Twitter were pointed:


Image: One of the first same-sex couples to marry in North Carolina. 

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Photos: Trump’s Postmaster General Removing Mailboxes in at Least 5 States Weeks Before Early Voting – Explanation Fails



President Donald Trump’s newly-installed Postmaster General is working to reduce capacity across the United States, just weeks before early voting in the 2020 presidential election begins in some states. Americans are furious, after seeing many reports on massive reductions in mail sorting machines, and Trump’s refusal to fund the USPS – along with his admission he is doing so to make it impossible for people to vote by mail.

A local Portland, Oregon news reporter says the USPS admits it’s already removed 27 mailboxes from Eugene, Oregon, with more removals to come there. She says the Post Office claims “they’re only removing them from locations that have multiple mailboxes next to each other.”

Which does not explain this:

Or this:

NBC Montana reports it has “confirmed with the Montana State Association of the National Association of Letter Carriers the orders to remove 13 boxes in Missoula, 9 in Bozeman, 3 in Lewistown and 30 in Billings.”

NPR’s Lulu Miller show that not only are mailboxes being removed, some are just being sealed, rendering them useless:

One Oregon reporter offers this disturbing development.

Related: ‘This Is a RICO Case’: Top Obama Advisor Urges Dems to ‘Go to War for Our Country’ Over Trump USPS Attack

Meanwhile, Americans are taking to social media and posting photos of USPS mail boxes being removed and carted away. Take a look at some:

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‘I Haven’t Been Blunt’: Trump Defends Attacks on ‘Nasty’ Kamala Harris, Invokes Racist Slur Against Warren



President Donald Trump refused to accept responsibility for calling sitting U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, the presumptive Democratic vice presidential nominee, a “Mad Woman,” “nasty,” “angry,” “radical,” and “condescending.”

Confronted with just a few of his attacks Friday afternoon in a press conference Trump pushed back against the reporter’s charges.

“I haven’t been blunt,” Trump insisted, falsely, as CNN’s fact checker noted:

Trump went on to claim, repeatedly, that Sen. Harris “treated Joe Biden worse than anybody else by far.”

“Nobody treated Biden so badly, as Kamala,” Trump claimed, stressing the pronunciation of her name as if to mock it.

He also attacked Senator Elizabeth Warren, invoking his racist slur for her, “Pocahontas.”



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Obama Slams Trump Over USPS Attack in Rare Remarks: ‘More Concerned With Suppressing the Vote’



In rare remarks about his successor former President Barack Obama slammed President Donald Trump, accusing him of being “more concerned with suppressing the vote than suppressing a virus.”

President Donald Trump has admitted he is blocking desperately needed funding to help the postal service survive in a direct attempt to stop Americans from voting by mail. The Postmaster General he installed has been removing mail boxes from several cities and removing high-volume mail sorting machines across the country, with a plan to reduce the number of sorters by nearly 700 machines.

Everyone depends on the USPS,” President Obama said via Twitter Friday. “Seniors for their Social Security, veterans for their prescriptions, small businesses trying to keep their doors open. They can’t be collateral damage for an administration more concerned with suppressing the vote than suppressing a virus.”

President Obama also accused President Trump of making “attempts to undermine the election.”

And he urged Americans to vote early: “do that now.”

Related –
‘This Is a RICO Case’: Top Obama Advisor Urges Dems to ‘Go to War for Our Country’ Over Trump USPS Attack


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