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GOP Lawmakers In Two Southern States File Bills Comparing Same-Sex Marriage To Forced Sterilization

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One State Representative Says God Told Him To File The Legislation

Same-sex marriage is as bad as forced sterilization and Japanese internment, according to anti-gay bills introduced in South Carolina and Tennessee. 

Both bills seek to nullify the U.S. Supreme Court’s June ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which found that state-level bans on same-sex marriage violate the equal protection and due process clauses of the federal Constitution. 

The South Carolina and Tennessee bills, both called “Natural Marriage Defense Act[s],” would bar state officials from recognizing the marriages of same-sex couples — thereby effectively “unmarrying” thousands of people. They would also make it illegal for state officials to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and require the two states’ attorneys general to defend any official who is sued, or ordered by a federal judge to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

“[T]he United States Supreme Court is not infallible and has issued lawless decisions which are repulsive to the Constitution and natural law, including Buck v. Bell, Korematsu v. United States, Roe v. Wade, and, most recently, Obergefell v. Hodges,” the Tennessee bill states. 

The South Carolina bill contains an identical clause. 

Buck v. Bell was a 1927 decision in which the high court upheld a Virginia statute permitting compulsory sterilization of the unfit, “for the protection and health of the state.” Korematsu v. United States was a decision upholding the constitutionality of Executive Order 9066, which ordered Japanese Americans into internment camps during World War II regardless of citizenship.

The Tennessee bill, HB 1412, is authored by GOP state Rep. Mark Pody, who said recently during an event in Nashville that God directed him to file it. 

RELATED: Watch: GOP Lawmaker Says God Personally Told Him To Be A ‘Watchman’ Warning Gay Marriage Is ‘Wicked’

“Ladies and gentlemen, I believe I’m supposed to be speaking to the unsaved, to the people that are performing same-sex marriages, to the people involved in same-sex marriage, it is wicked, it is wrong and I am doing the best I can to warn them,” Pody said in a video posted online by Right Wing Watch. “I believe that Nashville, Tennessee, is the time and the place that we put down the stake and we say, ‘No more!'”

The South Carolina bill, HB 5413, is authored by GOP Reps. Bill Chumley and Mike Burns. Last year, Chumley blamed the nine victims of the Charleston church shooting for their own deaths, suggesting that they should have been carrying guns to defend themselves.

“I represent the people, and the people have shown several times that they are opposed to this, and are in favor of traditional marriage,” Chumley told The Spartanburg Herald Journal, adding that the high court’s 5-4 split on the issue was indicative of the views of all Americans. “Apparently, those four people believe like we do. I do believe that something that’s a close vote like that sends a message, it’s not cut and dry.”

However, University of South Carolina law professor Derek Black explained that under the supremacy clause, state officials don’t have the authority to nullify federal laws or court rulings. 

“It is the task of courts to interpret the Constitution and it is the task of legislators to act in accordance with the Constitution and other validly enacted laws,” Black said. “States may challenge those federal laws and Constitutional interpretations in court. But at this point, the courts have spoken on this particular issue.”  

 

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Trump Reverses on Illegal Hosting of G-7 at His Own Resort – Blames ‘Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility’

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President Donald Trump late Saturday night finally reversed his decision to host the G-7 at his Doral Miami resort in June of 2020. Ignoring numerous Republican lawmakers, legal experts, and bipartisan condemnation of his unconstitutional and illegal decision the president instead blamed the “Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility.”

Curiously, Trump announced his administration would “begin the search for another site, including the possibility of Camp David, immediately.”

But on Thursday Trump’s chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters at a rare White House briefing that the administration had conducted an exhaustive search for the best space to host the G-7 leaders, and fairly decided Trump’s Doral Miami resort was “perfect.”

Earlier: Trump Mocked After Saying He Thought Violating the Constitution and Profiting From G7 Hosting Was ‘Good for Our Country’

Mulvaney went so far as to claim the White House had looked at 12 locations, including two in Utah, but decided on the Doral.

He also preemptively refused to release any emails or other items documenting the search process.

But if an actual search had been conducted, it would make sense to simply announce the 2020 G-7 would be held at the next “best” locale. Instead, Trump announced a new search would be conducted.

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Trump Mocked After Saying He Thought Violating the Constitution and Profiting From G7 Hosting Was ‘Good for Our Country’

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After tremendous public and private  bipartisan condemnation of his decision to host the 2020 G-7 at his own Miami resort President Donald Trump Saturday night appeared to be laying the groundwork of reversing the unconstitutional and illegal decision.

In an insane series of tweets the president did what he always does: blamed the media for holding his feet to the fire in accurately reporting the consequences of his actions.

“I thought I was doing something very good for our Country by using Trump National Doral, in Miami, for hosting the G-7 Leaders. It is big, grand, on hundreds of acres, next to MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, has tremendous ballrooms & meeting rooms,” Trump tweeted, adding that “each delegation would have its own 50 to 70 unit building. Would set up better than other alternatives. I announced that I would be willing to do it at NO PROFIT or, if legally permissible, at ZERO COST to the USA. But, as usual, the Hostile Media & their Democrat Partners went CRAZY!”

Also going “crazy” are Republicans and legal experts.

Should Trump host the G-7 at any of his properties he would reportedly be violating at least one if not several laws, and the U.S. Constitution.

Many quickly took to Twitter to express their condemnation yet again.

 

 

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‘This Is a Real Warning’: Ex-Campaign Aide Bluntly States Clinton Didn’t Go Far Enough Criticizing Tulsi Gabbard

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On MSNBC Saturday, former Clinton campaign official and director of SiriusXM progressive programming Zerlina Maxwell said that not only did Hillary Clinton do nothing wrong for criticizing Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), she should have if anything gone even harder.

“I think she didn’t go far enough, and we have to decide whether or not we’ll listen to Hillary Clinton, who lived through this in 2016, or whether or not we’re going to do what we did in 2016, is decide that what she’s saying is irrelevant because of how we feel personally about her, and I think that that would be a mistake,” said Maxwell.

Related: ‘Malevolent Kraken’: Tulsi Gabbard Mocked After Attacking Hillary Clinton Over Claim Russia Is Grooming a Woman Democrat

“In 2016, anchors literally laughed at Hillary Clinton when she said it was Russia,” Maxwell continued. “Robby Mook went on television and said, ‘It was Russia that was hacking our emails and releasing them on Wikileaks.’ We were laughed at. I would like everyone to listen to us now because I, on the campaign, had that red banner over my email that said, ‘Government hackers are trying to infiltrate your account.’ So, this is a real warning. And I think that we would be smart to listen before it’s too late.”

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