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Anti-Gay Florist Pens Washington Post Op-Ed, Gets Totally Panned In Comments Section

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Barronelle Stutzman’s attorneys are doing everything they can to make her into a victim of same-sex marriage, including spreading false claims. But getting an op-ed in the Washington Post supposedly written by her was not a good idea for their side.

In 2013 Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed wanted flowers for their wedding and turned to Washington State florist Barronelle Stutzman, whom Ingersoll had frequented many times before. She refused, citing her Christian beliefs against same-sex marriage. The State of Washington filed suit, but offered to settle for a mere $2000. Stutzman, represented by the virulently anti-gay Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) refused and went to trial.

The judge found her guilty, and fined her all of $1000 plus $1 in court costs.

Now, Stuzman is taking her case to the State Supreme Court.

Ingersoll and Freed also sued Stutzman in a separate suit, via the ACLU of Washington State.

That case has not been finalized, but today Doug Honig, Communications Director for the ACLU of Washington, told The New Civil Rights Movement via telephone that the couple was “very hurt by Stutzman’s refusal,” and merely want to make sure other couples aren’t treated the same way. Most importantly, Honig says, the couple is “not seeking significant damages.”

Which makes it strange since Stutzman recently told Fox News, “I certainly don’t relish the idea of losing my business, my home, and everything else that your lawsuit threatens to take from my family, but my freedom to honor God in doing what I do best is more important.”

She has also claimed, “They want my home, they want my business, they want my personal finances as an example for other people to be quiet.”

Stutzman’s attorney Kristen Waggoner repeatedly makes similar claims.

“The court’s decision, as well as the attorney general’s actions are sending a very clear unmistakable message Barronelle and anyone like her which is that if you dare to decline the government will bring about your personal and your professional ruin if you don’t help celebrate same-sex marriage.”

So which is it?

Will Stutzman lose her home, life savings, and her business, or will she have to pay a $1001 fee in one case and insignificant damages in another?

Could it possibly be this is just a fundraising opportunity for ADF?

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Today, the Washington Post ran an op-ed that Stutzman supposedly wrote.

“We’ve always heard that same-sex marriage would never affect anyone aside from the same-sex couples who wanted to be married,” Stutzman’s op-ed states. “But a judge recently told me that my freedom to live and work according to my beliefs about marriage expired the day same-sex marriage became the law in my state.”

Meanwhile, in the comments section, readers aren’t putting up with Stutzman’s claims at all.

Here’s a selection, all from the past few minutes:

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‘We’re in Trouble’: Steve Schmidt Issues Dire Warning About Changed GOP After January 6th Insurrection

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Appearing on MSNBC’s the 11th Hour with host Brian Williams, former GOP campaign consultant Steve Schmidt warned that Democrats need to accept that the Republican Party has changed drastically after four years of Donald Trump and the Jan 6th riot — and failure to recognize that simple fact puts the entire country at risk.

Using one of Schmidt’s tweets where he called Trump’s “truth” a “hideous deception” as a jumping-off point, the former Republican warned, “We’re in trouble.”

“Objectively, since the insurrection on Jan 6th, the Republican Party is far more radical,” Schmidt began. “Far more committed to the lie that Trump has told, fully committed to the authoritarian movement.”

“Should the events repeat themselves, the Republican Party is in a much different place than it was this past election with regard to being prepared to subvert the legal and lawful results,” he continued.

“The Democrats have done nothing since coming into office,” he added. “They have done nothing to prevent any of the abuses we have seen, done nothing to harden any of the infrastructures”

He later added, “This is a serious moment.”

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‘Something That’s Under Way’: Trump Aims to Use Russian Tactic to Be ‘Installed Without Winning’ in 2024 Says Yale Historian

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Former president Donald Trump and his GOP supporters are hoping to rely on a tactic that’s common in Russia to return him to the White House in 2024, according to one prominent expert on authoritarianism.

“As someone who follows contemporary Russia, there is a Russian phrase that comes to mind, which is the ‘administrative resource,'” author and Yale University history professor Timothy Snyder told MSNBC on Friday. “What the administrative resource means in Russian is that sure, you have an election, but the people who are running the election are going to determine how the election turns out. What the Republicans are going for is precisely that thing, the administrative resource.”

Snyder then explained how this mechanism works and how Trump and Republicans might apply it during the next election.

“Historically speaking, what we know about a ‘big lie’ is that because of its very scale, it’s not about truth or not truth; it’s about living in a kind of alternative reality,” Snyder added. “What we’re looking at is people who believe in or pretend to believe in this Big Lie, actually carrying out our elections. And the problem with this, or one of them, is that since these people have already claimed that the other side cheated, that basically legitimizes their cheating. In other words, if you talk about the Big Lie now, you’re basically promising to cheat the next time around, and that’s very concerning.”

He concluded by saying that this is a clear and present danger, not merely a theoretical one.

“The scenario for 2024 for most influential people around Donald Trump, which unfortunately means one of the political parties, is precisely to be installed without winning the election,” Snyder said. “I don’t think it’s something that could happen. I think it’s something that’s under way, and the question is, can we accept this reality in time to take the measures we need to take to prevent it?”

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‘Ghoulish’ Lauren Bobert Branded a ‘Sociopath’ for Attacking Alec Baldwin: ‘Grieving Family Just Lost Their Loved One’

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U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, the QAnon Republican lawmaker and gun rights activist who owns a bar named Shooters in Rifle, Colorado, is being criticized after posting a tweet mocking and attacking Alec Baldwin. The well-known actor who spent several years playing Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live” shot and killed award-winning cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, apparently by accident, with a prop gun on set less than 24 hours ago.

Boebert dug up a seven-year old tweet Baldwin had sent in support of Michael Brown, the 18-year old Black man fatally shot by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer.

She then added a snide and ugly remark and posted it to Twitter, only too happy to use the pain of Hutchins’ grieving family, friends, and industry as a tool to attack Baldwin:

The outrage was palpable, even from a few on the right, like former Trump White House Director of Strategic Communications:

A Democratic U.S. Congressman weighed in:

This MSNBC correspondent made a keen observation:

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