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Watch: Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore Claims Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Not In Effect

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Watch Chief Justice Roy Moore say the U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling is not in effect, and that his court’s order banning same-sex marriage licenses is.

State Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has worked especially hard to derail same-sex marriage in his state of Alabama, going so far as to once claim his supreme court was on equal footing with the U.S. Supreme Court. Unlike most jurists, the Alabama Chief Justice prefers to sow confusion, not clarity, as he is doing today.

Moore, as best we and others can understand, is claiming that the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, the case that found same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, is not in effect, and a ruling his court made, is.

That claim stunned and confused the LGBT and legal communities today:
UPDATE III: Alabama Supreme Court Halts All Same-Sex Marriages, Maybe

Technically, perhaps, one might be able to give some credence to Moore’s claim, since Supreme Court judgments are technically not in effect until the official ruling is published. (The one posted Friday is not official or final, but more of a final draft.)

UPDATE: Roy Moore Now Says He Misspoke On Claim Same-Sex Marriage Still Banned

In an interview today with AL.com, Moore discusses an order his state supreme court handed down today, saying, “the practical application is to say that the order of the Supreme Court [of the United States] is not effective and that this injunction [by the Alabama Supreme Court prohibiting probate judges from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples] still is.”

Meanwhile, what’s this really about?

“Did the Alabama Supreme Court have to do this? The answer is ‘no,”’ former federal judge Joh Carroll tells AL.com. “Were they within their rights? I guess.”

“But there is a period of time, by rule, before the decision is final,” Carroll, now a law professor at Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama, adds.

AL.com explains:

While the U.S. Supreme Court landmark ruling Friday legalizing gay marriage has almost no chance of being changed, it is not technically the law of the land for 25 days after the ruling.

When the high court issues an order, there is a 25-day period for appeals before the court’s “mandate” is issued to the appeals court that sent the case to the Supreme Court. That mandate establishes the opinion is now the law.

Citing that short window of appeal, the Alabama Supreme Court today issued the order telling the state’s probate judges not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Here’s Justice Moore:

 

Image: Screenshot via AL.com/YouTube

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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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RIGHT WING EXTREMISM

‘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:

And many others:

 

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