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Watch – Mike Pence Doubles Down On Anti-Gay Law: ‘We’re Not Going To Change This’ (Video)



Mike Pence told George Stephanopoulos Sunday morning Indiana will not change the anti-gay “religious freedom” bill and he’s “proud” of it.

After a week of exponentially increasing criticism, Mike Pence decided to fight back Sunday morning on ABC News’ “The Week.” The embattled and fatigued Republican Governor told George Stephanopoulos he is “proud” of Indiana’s anti-gay Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and insisted, “We’re not going to change the law.”

Pence also greatly mischaracterized his state’s RFRA, all but stating it is exactly like the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act signed by President Bill Clinton in 1993. It is not. He also wrongly suggested his law is similar to those of the other 19 states that have enacted RFRAs. It is not.

Plainly put, the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act is greatly different from both the federal RFRA and the other state RFRAs, and Pence’s suggestions to the contrary are misleading at best, intentionally factually false at worst. 

Stephanopoulos asked Gov. Pence if he thought gays and lesbians should be protected from discrimination several times. Pence refused to answer the question each time.

He also told the ABC News host that it “absolutely” was not a mistake to sign the law, and claimed the law is “not about discrimination,” but merely “about empowering people to confront government overreach.”

Pence claimed there has been a “tremendous amount of misunderstanding and misinformation” surrounding the RFRA.

UPDATE: Watch This Awesome Mashup Of Mike Pence Dodging Every Question About Anti-Gay Discrimination

“I’m just determined to clarify this bill, this is about protecting the religious liberty of people of faith and families of faith.” 

Pence refused to answer Stephanopoulos’ question if a “florist in Indiana can now refuse to serve a gay couple without fear of punishment,” but insisted “there’s been shameless rhetoric” about the law.

Pence also falsely stated the Indiana law does not apply to private parties unless the government is involved. 

Time and time, over and over again Pence cited the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act rather than the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act when making his points – a clear and calculated attempt to mislead and misinform.

And he repeatedly refused to answer if gays and lesbian should be discriminated against.

Gov. Pence also adamantly insisted adding protections for LGBT people is not on his “agenda.” 

People on social media were outraged with Pence’s performance:

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Trump Butchers Language During Massive India Welcome Rally — as Crowd Walks Out on His Speech



President Donald Trump butchered several Indian words during a speech on his first official visit to the country.

Trump addressed a massive public rally Monday in Gujarat, the home state of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, and struggled to pronounce several words, reported BBC.

The U.S. president bungled his pronunciation of Ahmedabad, the city where he was speaking, and the name of Indian philosopher Swami Vivekananda.

Trump, who entered to the music of Elton John, also called the Vedas — ancient Hindu texts — the “Vestas.”

BBC’s Rajini Vaidyanathan reported that crowds began leaving midway through Trump’s speech, which came after Modi spoke.

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Carnival Celebration Includes Burning Effigy of Kissing Same-Sex Couple as Children Watch and Adults Applaud



The town of Imotski in the mostly-Catholic country of Croatia is getting attention after its leaders decided to burn an effigy of a same-sex couple kissing, and holding a child, as part of a 150-year old annual carnival celebration.

As the video below shows, the figures of two men kissing were lit on fire, and were quickly engulfed by flames as adults cheered and applauded and young children stood and watched. Confetti was thrown, some of the children were unsure what to make of the hateful spectacle, and a few appeared excited. One little girl applauded and then quickly walked off. Several attendees, including children, filmed the event for posterity.

One of the figures burned “clearly showed the face of Social Democratic Party MP Nenad Stazic, who has campaigned in parliament for same-sex couples to be allowed to foster children,” BalkanInsight reports. “His character had also a red star on his forehead, the symbol of former communist Yugoslavia.”

One of the carnival organizers defended the choice of burning a same-sex couple.

“We remain conservative, sticking to tradition. Give the baby to a mother, as the saying goes. We think that’s right.”

But political leaders, including the country’s president, and activists are speaking out.

“The symbolic burning of same-sex partners with a foster child in Imotski is a sad, inhumane and totally unacceptable act in the guise of the ‘Bakova povorka’ festivities,” President Zoran Milanovic wrote on Facebook, according to Total Croatia News.

The organizers who staged this shameful event, in the name of tradition, deserve the strongest public condemnation because of the hatred they have demonstrated toward for others. Intolerance and inhumanity are not and will not be a Croatian tradition,” he added, while pointing out that “many children watched this event, thus witnessing the spread of hatred and inciting violence.”

The nation’s Education Minister, Blazenka Divjak, and Economy Minister, Darko Horvat, also condemned the display.

“The scary scenes from Imotski cannot be justified by carnival customs,” the Rainbow Family Association’s Daniel Martinovic said. “What kind of message is being sent to our children, children who nowadays in Croatia grow up with lesbian mothers or gay fathers?”

Total Croatia News reports criminal charges will be brought against the carnival’s organizer.

Watch – the hateful act begins near the end of the video at about the 1:41:00 mark:

Hat tip: Towleroad

This article has been updated to include a more accurate translation.



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Harvey Weinstein Guilty of Sexual Assault Including Rape



Harvey Weinstein has been found guilty of two counts sexual assault and not guilty of sexual predation by a jury in New York. He was found guilty on one count of rape and not guilty on another. Allegations made by two women are the foundation of the case. More than 100 women have accused Weinstein of various acts of sexual misconduct, including rape.

“The jury in New York convicted Weinstein, 67, of third-degree rape against former aspiring actress Jessica Mann, as well as a count of criminal sexual act in the first-degree against former production assistant Mimi Haley,” NBC News reports. “But the jury found him not guilty on the two most serious counts, predatory sexual assault, as well as a count of first-degree rape against Mann.”

Weinstein could “go straight to jail,” former federal prosecutor and MSNBC legal analyst Cynthia Alksne said.

On Friday the jury said they were unanimous on some of the five charges but deadlocked on others. The judge asked them to continue deliberating, which they did Monday morning, quickly reaching a conclusion after five days.

UPDATE: 12:30 PM ET –
Judge has remanded Weinstein into custody without bail.


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