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Lawmaker Totally Certain His Unconstitutional Bill Will Override Supreme Court Marriage Ruling

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Next week Texas state lawmakers will vote on an unconstitutional bill its sponsor believes could override the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage. 

Anti-gay Texans, don’t worry, Rep. Cecil Bell has your back. The 52-year old Lone Star State native is pushing a flurry of anti-gay legislation, hoping some of it will stick. 

Next week on Tuesday, Texas House lawmakers will vote on a bill designed to protect Texas from same-sex marriage, and Rep. Bell’s insistence that his “God is sovereign” while advocating for the legislation could be used in a court case to prove its unconstitutionality.

The Preservation of Sovereignty and Marriage Act prohibits the State of Texas, including any state employees, from using “any funds to issue, enforce, or recognize a marriage license or declaration of informal marriage for a union other than a union between one man and one woman.”

In other words, in case the U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of same-sex marriage, Bell’s bill, HB 4105, effectively will defund marriage, but only for same-sex couples. That fact alone also makes it unconstitutional.

Bell’s bill also states no employee of the State of Texas or any locale can recognize any same-sex marriage, nor can they enforce laws supporting same-sex marriage.

HB 4105 also bans county clerks from registering same-sex marriages, and fines them if they do. One punitive portion of the bill commands the Vital Statistics Division to report any registered same-sex marriages to the State Attorney General.

“This will make certain our dollars are used the way we as Texans want them used,” Bell said during a hearing last month. 

That statement itself is questionable. Last year a Texas Tech University poll found Texans pretty much equally split on marriage equality. 48 percent of Texans support the right of same-sex couples to marry, while slightly less, 47 percent, oppose them.

At an anti-gay marriage rally in March, Rep. Bell said he knows he “got it right” with his bill, because “God says for this reason shall a man leave his father and his mother and cleave to his wife so they shall become one. God is right. My god is sovereign,” Bell insisted, either ignoring the title of his own bill, or interpreting it to mean his Christian religion trumps the State of Texas, which is unconstitutional.

Here’s Bell speaking at that rally:

 

Image: Screenshot via YouTube
Hat tip: Texas Statesman

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Giuliani, Graham, Eastman, Others Tied to Trump Subpoenaed by Grand Jury in Georgia Criminal Election Investigation

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Rudy Giuliani, Lindsey Graham, John Eastman, Jenna Ellis, and several others including Cleta Mitchell have been subpoenaed by a Fulton County special grand jury convened to investigate possible criminal actions or interference in Georgia’s 2020 elections.

Giuliani, Eastman, Ellis, and Mitchell, along with Kenneth Chesbro, are all members of Donald Trump’s legal team or advised the former president “on strategies for overturning Democrat Joe Biden’s wins in Georgia and other swing states,” and are now being subpoenaed, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Senator Graham (R-SC) has publicly admitted to contacting the Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Also subpoenaed is attorney and podcast host Jacki Pick Deason.

“The 23-person special grand jury has heard testimony in recent weeks from a parade of witnesses, including some who had direct contact with Trump and his associates. But Tuesday’s subpoenas are the closest jurors have gotten to the inner circle of the former president,” the Journal-Constitution adds.

Eastman, the infamous author of the “coup memo,” is a former law professor and the current chairman of the anti-LGBTQ group National Organization For Marriage (NOM), which has never disavowed his actions.

“A federal judge in March,” the AJC adds, “argued that ‘it is more likely than not that President Trump and Dr. Eastman dishonestly conspired to obstruct the Joint Session of Congress on January 6, 2021.'”

In the days after the November 2020 election, The Washington Post reported, Sen. Graham “questioned Raffensperger about the state’s signature-matching law and whether political bias could have prompted poll workers to accept ballots with nonmatching signatures, according to Raffensperger. Graham also asked whether Raffensperger had the power to toss all mail ballots in counties found to have higher rates of nonmatching signatures, Raffensperger said.”

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‘Planned for Weeks’: Highland Park Massacre Suspect Purchased Weapons Legally, Walked to Mother’s House After Shooting

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The 21-year-old man suspected of being the shooter in Monday’s Highland Park, Illinois massacre planned the attack for weeks, purchased his weapons legally, disguised himself by wearing women’s attire to “conceal his facial tattoos and  his identity,” and to “help him during the escape.” He then walked to his mother’s house after the shooting, police said in a Tuesday press conference.

Six people died and over thirty others were wounded.

The “high-powered rifle” Robert Crimo used is “similar to an AR-15,” Christopher Covelli, a spokesperson for the Lake County major crimes task force told reporters. He used it to “fire more than 70 rounds into the crowd.”

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Crimo later borrowed his mother’s car.

Police say there was no one else involved. They add they were aware of him through previous interactions but those were not violent.


 

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Putin’s ‘Iron Doll’ Says Russia ‘Will Have to Think Whether to Re-Install’ Trump ‘Again’: Report

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A political commentator and television host on Russian state TV appears to have suggested Russia installed Donald Trump as president in 2016, attempted to do so in 2020, and has yet to decide whether or not to do so again.

Russia “will have to think whether to re-install him again as the American president. We haven’t decided yet,” declared Olga Skabeyeva, known as the “Iron Doll of Putin TV” due to her criticism of the Russian president’s opponents.

The Daily Beast’s Julia Davis, who is the creator of the Russian Media Monitor, posted the video to Twitter, as Mediaite reported.

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“The other day, Trump promised to destroy the Russian Federation,” Skabeyeva says, according to subtitles in the video Davis posted. “To destroy Putin’s hegemony, as he put it.” Skabeyeva suggested Trump might lose Putin’s support as a result.

Citing her “recent remarks about the onset of ‘World War III,'” that “raised eyebrows across the world,” Insider in April called Skabeyeva “one of Russian state media’s most prominent propagandists.”

A 158-page bipartisan and unanimous report published by the Republican majority Senate Intelligence Committee in 2020 revealed that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. election to help Donald Trump win the White House.

 

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