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US Supreme Court Ignores Alabama Request To Halt Same-Sex Marriage

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The U.S. Supreme Court has not responded to Alabama’s request to stay a ruling that struck down its ban on same-sex marriage. What does this mean?

In a rare move, the U.S. Supreme Court has chosen to not respond to Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange‘s request to place a stay on last month’s federal court rulings that struck down his state’s ban on same-sex marriage. A deputy clerk told attorneys in the case the Court is not expected to rule over the weekend. 

What does this mean?

Barring a ruling from the Supreme Court, same-sex couples will be legally able to obtain marriage licenses and begin marrying in Alabama Monday morning, after several bitter weeks fraught with anti-gay attacks by state and local politicians. The Court, however, could respond to the stay request after couples have begun marrying, which would cause great confusion and upset.

Here’s how same-sex marriage came to be in one of the nation’s reddest, most religious, and most anti-gay states.

On Friday, January 23, United States District Judge Callie V. S. Granade ruled in Searcy v. Strange that the marriage ban violated the 14th Amendment, but did not immediately place a hold on her ruling. Sunday evening she stayed her ruling, barring couples from marrying. 

On January 27, Judge Granade again struck down Alabama’s ban in a separate case, Strawser v. Strange, but placed a stay on that ruling.

Those stays are due to expire Monday.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange asked the 11th Circuit to extend those stays so he could appeal her decision, but was denied. He then requested a stay from the U.S. Supreme Court.

While all this was happening, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore labeled Judge Granade’s rulings “tyranny!,” and has been wrongly advising his state’s probate judges, responsible for issuing marriage licenses, that they are under no obligation to comply with the federal rulings, and issuing licenses to same-sex couples violates the Alabama constitution. The Southern Poverty Law Center has filed an ethics charge against him, and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has called for him to be fired.

Same-sex couples on Monday may find themselves unable to marry, despite having the legal right to do so.

In one Alabama county, the probate judge has declared, “I am choosing to take the Pike County Probate Office out of the marriage licensing business altogether,” affecting all couples who wish to marry.

And several other counties have announced they will refuse to marry same-sex couples, in violation of the law.

 

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Cuomo Charged With Sex Crime Months After Resigning as Governor

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Former New York governor Andrew Cuomo has been charged with a misdemeanor sex crime, NBC News reports.

The former governor who resigned after multiple accusations of sexual harassment resigned, leaving office August 23.

“Cuomo has been charged with a misdemeanor complaint in Albany City Court for a sex-crime related charge, a spokesperson for New York State courts tells NBC News,” according to NBC’s Tom Winter.

A investigation by New York Attorney General Letitia James found the Democratic governor had sexually harassed at least eleven women, most of them state employees.

 

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. 

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Meadows ‘Will Face Consequences’ for Stonewalling Jan. 6 Committee if He Does Not Comply With Subpoena: Report

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Could former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows face criminal contempt of Congress charges like Steve Bannon?

The House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack subpoenaed Meadows, a former GOP congressman, on September 23, over a month ago, and he has yet to comply.

“Our patience isn’t unlimited, and engagement needs to become cooperation very soon,” a Select Committee source told CNN. “As we’ve already made clear, anyone who tries to stonewall our effort will face the consequences.”

The committee sees Meadows, who has been by Trump’s side every step of the way even for months before exiting the House to join the Trump administration, as a “key witness.”

Jan. 6 Select Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) is being patient but that appears to be waning thin.

“If and when the staff says to us it’s not going anywhere, there won’t be any hesitation on the part of the committee to make the referrals” for contempt of Congress he tells CNN.

CNN adds multiple sources have “indicated” Meadows has “been ‘engaging’ in negotiations over the terms of his turning over documents and appearing for a deposition.”

Earlier this week a bombshell Rolling Stone report citing two people involved with planning the January 6 pro-Trump rallies mentioned Meadows nine times, including calling him “someone who played a major role in the conversations surrounding the protests on Jan. 6.”

That report also says those sources describe Meadows “as having had an opportunity to prevent the violence” of January 6, and that “Meadows was 100 percent made aware of what was going on.”

 

 

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Rupert Murdoch Is a ‘Domestic Threat’ Says Never-Trumper Over Tucker Carlson’s Upcoming Jan. 6 Special

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Stuart Stevens is calling out News Corp founder and chief Rupert Murdoch as a “domestic threat” in response to a stunning preview clip from Fox News’ top personality, Tucker Carlson, that falsely paints Donald Trump’s January 6 insurrection as a false flag operation by Democrats.

“If Rupert Murdoch were applying for American citizenship today, there would be ample evidence to classify him as a domestic threat and deny citizenship,” Stevens says of Murdoch, an Australian-born naturalized U.S. citizen. “He’s a dangerous man who should be treated as the anti-democratic propagandist he is.”

Stevens is known as one of the top Republican strategists who became a never-Trumper and co-founded The Lincoln Project. Murdoch owns News Corp, the parent company of Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, and numerous other outlets across the globe. He became a U.S. citizen in 1985 to meet the requirements to purchase and own TV stations.

The clip of Tucker Carlson’s three-part series on the January 6 insurrection (below) is being called “fucking insane” by fellow never-Trumper Tim Miller, a former GOP strategist.

“I’d like to focus in on the fact that Fox is hosting one of the main architects of the Stop The Steal insurrection Ali Akbar Alexander for this 1/6 special,” Miller adds. “Going full Newsmax.”

In a scathing strike against Carlson, former Obama HUD deputy assistant secretary Brandon Friedman compared the Fox News personality to a radio station known for helping to incite the Rwandan genocide in which more than one million people died and up to half a million women were raped.

Here’s the clip, which is loaded with falsehoods and anti-American, anti-democracy propaganda:

 

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