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‘There’s Male and Female and Gay’: GOP Lawmaker Calls Gay People a ‘Third Sex’



Anti-Gay Lawmaker Says Acceptance of LGBT People Will Result in Christianity Being ‘Practically Doomed’

A Republican state representative from Topeka, Kansas, told his fellow lawmakers that the Supreme Court’s rulings on same-sex marriage and gay people have effectively created a “third sex.”

Rep. Dick Jones today said the “Supreme Court has, in fact, established a third sex for all intents and purposes. So there’s male and female and gay,” the Topeka Capital-Journal reports.

He also urged his fellow lawmakers to “not forget that gay is strictly a sexual preference.”

“It’s not a separate sex,” he clarified.

Jones was speaking at a “religious freedom” hearing that included two anti-gay religious extremists. Washington State florist Barronelle Stutzman, who opted to appeal a discrimination lawsuit she lost that was brought against her, even though she was ordered to pay only $1000, and her Alliance Defending Freedom attorney, Kelly Fiedorek. There were no pro-equality advocates invited to address the committee.

Rep. Jones, apparently speaking to Stutzman, said, “until we get the public to accept that” being gay is strictly a sexual preference, “your desire to live in your Christian ethic, I think, is practically doomed, and I’m sorry to say that.”

Of course, Jones is incorrect. Being LGBT is not a “preference,” it is an innate and inherent characteristic of a person, just as being heterosexual is.

Equality Kansas director Tom Witt “called Jones misinformed,” the Capital-Journal reports. 

“Had this not been a one-sided presentation, we would have had an opportunity to set him straight on his understanding of what sexual orientation actually means,” Witt said. 

Witt also posted these tweets during today’s hearing:

While the committee was not considering any legislation in conjunction with today’s hearing, Kansas lawmakers recently have been waging an all-out campaign against LGBT people. Republicans in the Kansas legislature are trying to ban same-sex couples from adopting or even fostering children. Last year, GOP Gov. Sam Brownback signed a sweeping and far-reaching executive order to “protect” religious conservatives, in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage for same-sex couples.



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Watch: Bill Barr Has Talked to Jan. 6 Committee Says Chairman



Bill Barr, the former Attorney General who served as then-President Donald Trump’s top protector, has spoken with the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack.

Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS), asked by CBS News about a bombshell draft executive order directing the Secretary of Defense to seize voting machines after Trump lost the 2020 presidential election, said: “We’ve had conversations with the former attorney general already. We have talked to Department of Defense individuals.”

“We are concerned that our military was part of this big lie on promoting that the election was false,” Thompson said Sunday morning on “Face the Nation.”

“So, if you are using the military to potentially seize voting machines, even though it’s a discussion, the public needs to know. We’ve never had that before.”

The draft memo was never formalized or enacted, and it is unknown who wrote it, but it was part of a massive, hard-fought document collection given to the Jan. 6 Committee by the National Archives after the Supreme Court refused to block its release. Trump tried for months to keep his official White House records from being released.




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Trump Instructed Michael Cohen to Make Sure Don Jr. Went to Jail Instead of Ivanka



According to a report from Business Insider, Michael Cohen admitted on Saturday that Donald Trump instructed him in 2012 to make sure that Don Trump Jr. be the one to take the fall instead of Ivanka Trump during an investigation by Manhattan’s district attorney into lying about property sales.

In an interview with MSNBC’s Alex Witt, Cohen recalled that the former president was concerned about Ivanka’s well-being if she was sentenced to jail and that Don Jr. would handle it better.

According to the report, Cohen told the MSNBC host, “You may recall that there was the district attorney’s case here for Trump Soho where it was either Don or Ivanka was in very big trouble as a result of lying about the number of units that had been sold.”

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“And Donald said it to me – I mean I wouldn’t say it if it wasn’t said directly to me – he goes ‘if one or the other has to go to prison, make sure that it’s Don because Don would be able to handle it, ” he continued.

Cohen later said that he doesn’t expect Ivanka to willingly appear before the House committee investigating the Jan 6th insurrection and claimed the first daughter would likely plead the 5th before explaining, “Ivanka is only interested in Ivanka.”

You can read more here.

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Trumps Could ‘Turn on One Another’ as Investigations ‘Go Up the Food Chain’: MSNBC Analyst



Former president Donald Trump and his family are facing “existential” threats from ongoing criminal investigations in New York and Georgia, according to MSNBC political analyst and Trump biographer Tim O’Brien.

“I think you’re going to start to see this vice squeeze in,” O’Brien said Saturday. “The Trumps will happily throw underlings under the bus as this gets hotter. I think the question is whether or not the family members will turn on one another as it goes up the food chain.”

“The Manhattan DA’s case has existential consequences to it,” O’Brien added. “Donald Trump and perhaps his children could end up in orange jumpsuits if that case goes the full route. That’s not going to be the case with (New York AG) Letitia James’ prosecution, that’s a civil case. I also think the Georgia case has an existential threat. Donald Trump acting like a 19th-century ward heeler, called up the secretary of state and said find me some votes, and there’s proof of that, there’s evidence.”

Watch the full interview below.


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