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Scott Walker Calls For Constitutional Amendment To Make Same-Sex Marriage Bans Constitutional



Likely GOP presidential candidate Scott Walker is calling for a constitutional amendment making same-sex marriage bans constitutional, should the Supreme Court strike them down.

For a while, it looked like Scott Walker might be (one of) the first Republican presidential candidates to support same-sex marriage. The Wisconsin governor, who routinely offers ambiguous answers, over the past year has allowed many to infer he might not oppose extending the institution of marriage to same-sex couples. Walker’s most-recent example of allowing voters to infer his actual positions and beliefs was his unique comment that he had not attended a same-sex wedding (no response if he would) but he had attended the reception for a same-sex wedding.

One reason some believed in Walker’s possible support is that he has a cousin who is gay, and his son was a witness at her wedding. And another was public opinion. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported last October, “polls have shown more support for same-sex marriage,” and added that Walker “has repeatedly answered questions about the ban by saying his opinion doesn’t matter because a governor can’t change the constitution.”

Apparently, Gov. Walker can’t change the Wisconsin constitution, but he thinks trying to change the U.S. Constitution is fair game.

If the Supreme Court grants same-sex couples the constitutional right to marry and prohibits states from banning that right, the 47-year old union-busting Tea Party Republican governor says he would support a federal constitutional amendment allowing states to ban same-sex couples from marrying.

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In response to a Supreme Court ruling supporting same-sex couples, “the only other viable option out there is to support a constitutional amendment, which I would, again, believing, I believe in not just in marriage being defined as one man and one woman, but I also believe in states’ rights. I think that’s an issue that appropriately belongs in the states,” Walker told the conservative blog Caffeinated Thoughts on Saturday.

“I’m still holding out hope the United States Supreme Court will say, ‘Yes, indeed, states have a right to define what marriage is,'” Walker added.

He noted that as a state lawmaker and as a voter, he voted for a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, and he “defended it as governor” in federal courts.

The interview also included questions about abortion and personhood laws, which declare life begins at conception and therefore abortion by definition – and thus, state law – would be murder, and illegal.

Right Wing Watch reports Walker “immediately” dodged the question “by saying that if he were president he wouldn’t ‘handle any constitutional amendments.'”

So, to be clear, a President Walker supports constitutional amendments allowing states to ban same-sex marriage, but a President Walker doesn’t “handle any constitutional amendments” when it comes to a woman’s right to choose.

Once again proving Scott Walker is the king of ambiguous and conflicting answers.




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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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