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Texas Tea Party Judge Who Won’t Officiate Same-Sex Weddings Was Inspired To Run By Ted Cruz

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Democrats Call for Republican Bill Metzger to Resign for Violating Federal Law, Oath of Office

A Dallas judge who refuses to perform marriages for same-sex couples but will for opposite-sex ones should resign, according to the local Democratic Party.

Republican Bill Metzger, justice of the peace for Precinct 2 in Dallas County, announced this week on his Facebook page that he won’t marry gay couples due to his religious beliefs. He cited a nonbonding opinion issued by anti-gay Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges. 

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a1.jpgPaxton’s opinion, which resulted in an ethics complaint against the AG, suggested that justices of the peace could turn away gay couples based on religious objections. However, most legal experts disagree, saying that if judges in Texas choose to officiate weddings  — a duty that’s optional for them — they must marry all couples. 

“By refusing to officiate same-sex marriages, Judge Bill Metzger is not only violating federal law, as interpreted by the United States Supreme Court, but he is also violating his Oath of Office,” Dallas County Democratic Party Chairwoman Carol Donovan said in statement Friday. “Therefore, he must resign.”

The Democratic Party’s position is in line with an opinion from Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan last year, as well as one from 1983 in which then-Texas Attorney General Jim Mattox said justices of the peace were required to marry interracial couples. Americans United for Separation of Church and State also disagrees with Paxton and sent a letter to Metzger on Friday. 

Metzger, a Catholic, hasn’t discussed the issue publicly since his Facebook post, and he didn’t respond to a phone call and email from The New Civlil Rights Movement. 

Metzler’s chief of staff, Dwayne Horner, told NBC Channel 5 that no same-sex couple has asked to be married by Metzger since June. Horner also said Metzger posted the policy on Facebook after someone inquired about about it while he was working as a volunteer to clean up damage from a deadly tornado that ripped through his precinct in December. 

“He is a regular user of Facebook and uses that tool to communicate,” Horner told the station. 

Metzger, a tea partier, was elected justice of the peace in 2014, when he ran unopposed in both the Republican Primary and General Election. Metzger also serves on the board of the Dallas County Community College District, to which he was first elected in 2010. 

In a radio interview in 2013, Metzger noted his extensive involvement with local tea party groups and said his campaign was “not about me, it’s about something bigger.” He also said he was inspired to run by GOP Senator Ted Cruz. 

“It’s us versus them,” Metzger said. “With a leader like Ted Cruz leading the way, I think it’s trickled down to our little part of the world, where we’re willing to stand up and say, ‘Hey, we’re not alone out here.’ … I’m proud to call him my senator.” 

Incidentally, Cruz, now a presidential candidate, stood firmly behind Kentucky clerk Kim Davis when she refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples last year. 

At a tea party rally following his election to the community college board in 2010, Metzger told the crowd he was “there for one reason, my lord and savior Jesus Christ.”   

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“I had a Democratic precinct chairman running against me and someone who believes in an alternative lifestyle running against me, and I knew when I started running that this was not going to be easy, and it wasn’t,” Metzger said. “There was a lot of stuff that happened, but the whole time I kept my head up high, and I prayed first and I worked second.” 

In columns published by The Dallas Morning News, Metzger has railed against free tuition at community colleges and called for allowing the open carry of handguns on campuses. He was also the lone vote on the community college board against adding transgender nondiscrimination protections in 2012. 

“Today started off with me receiving many negative emails and phone calls,” Metzger wrote the day after the vote. “I think we should all be equal in Christ and that we do not need to continue to have special designations for every group who has a grievance.”

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, a Democrat who chairs the Commissioners Court, told the Morning News that by refusing to marry gay couples, Metzger is opening up the county to lawsuits, and that taxpayer money should not be used to defend him. 

Ken Upton Jr., Dallas-based senior counsel for Lambda Legal, said in addition to a lawsuit, Metzger could face ethics complaints resulting in his suspension or removal from office. 

“If he was really doing it out of conviction, why wouldn’t he just quietly do it?” Upton told the Morning News. “It would probably never get any attention. So when he posts a big article on his Facebook page and makes a specific reference to his Catholic faith and all, it’s grandstanding because he wants the attention and he wants to be a martyr.”

Watch NBC 5’s report above. 

 

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Images via Metzger’s Facebook page

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John Eastman Will Face Charges if Continues ‘Frivolous Argument’ Against Capitol Riot Probe: Adam Schiff

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John Eastman, the far-right lawyer who authored Trump’s “coup memo,” announced on Friday that he would be defying a subpoena from the House January 6 Committee.

Appearing on CNN later in the day, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) made clear that Eastman is free to plead the Fifth if he has a good-faith reason to fear he could incriminate himself — but that doesn’t entitle him to a free pass to ignore investigators.

“Eastman says the partisan makeup of the committee, he says makes it invalid and doesn’t need to cooperate,” said anchor Wolf Blitzer. “What do you say to that?”

“Well, that was a frivolous argument,” said Schiff. “If he uses that as a basis to refuse to answer questions, he will be in contempt of the committee, simple and straightforward. So we’ll be seeing with each witness… whether they’re properly invoking a privilege or to stall and delay for the former president, and will make the judgment as to what the repercussions should be once we see and hear the testimony.”

READ MORE: Trump DOJ official Jeffrey Clark postpones Capitol riot testimony due to ‘medical condition’

This comes after former Trump adviser Steve Bannon was indicted on contempt charges for ignoring the committee, and as former DOJ lawyer Jeffrey Clark faces an upcoming contempt vote by Congress.

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Marjorie Taylor Greene Cries She’s the ‘Most Attacked’ – Less Than 24 Hours After Labeling All Democrats ‘Communists’

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If it seems like it was just yesterday that U.S. Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene labeled the President of the United States and in fact every Democrat in the country “communists,” it was, which is why it might seem strangely hypocritical that the Republican from Georgia minutes ago was labeling herself the “most attacked” freshman member of Congress in all of U.S. history.

“Joe Biden is a communist,” Greene declared strongly Thursday evening. “And that’s who the Democrats are – they’re communists.”

“You know, a lot of people are swallowing down the word ‘socialist,’ but that’s not a good enough word for Democrats – they are communists,” Greene told her supporters, clearly ignorant of the words’ meanings.

“That’s the word we need to keep using with them,” she continued. “Because they’re using these unprecedented, authoritarian, tyrannical controls on the American people to force people to comply.”

But Greene was singing a very different tune Friday afternoon.

“I have been the most attacked freshman Member of Congress probably in United States history,” Greene cried in a video she posted to social media. “The media has defamed me. They have completely smeared my character. Called me names and labeled me horrible things, none of which I am. None of the things they have said are true about me.”

What has been said about Congresswoman Greene in the legitimate media? Unlike her videos, there’s a high degree of likelihood it’s mostly true.

Here’s a portion of what The New York Times wrote in January:

Marjorie Taylor Greene had just finished questioning whether a plane really flew into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, and flatly stating that President Barack Obama was secretly Muslim when she paused to offer an aside implicating another former president in a crime.

“That’s another one of those Clinton murders,” Ms. Greene said, referring to John F. Kennedy Jr.’s death in a 1999 plane crash, suggesting that he had been assassinated because he was a potential rival to Hillary Clinton for a New York Senate seat.

Ms. Greene casually unfurled the cascade of dangerous and patently untrue conspiracy theories in a 40-minute video that was originally posted to YouTube in 2018.

Ms. Greene suggested in a 2018 Facebook post, unearthed this week by Media Matters, that a devastating wildfire that ravaged California was started by “a laser” beamed from space and controlled by a prominent Jewish banking family with connections to powerful Democrats. She endorsed executing Democratic lawmakers, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi. She served as a prolific writer for a now-defunct conspiracy blog called “American Truth Seekers,” writing posts with headlines including “MUST READ — Democratic Party Involved With Child Sex, Satanism, and The Occult.” And she argued that the 2018 midterm elections — in which the first two Muslim women were elected to the House — were part of “an Islamic invasion of our government.”

Ms. Greene has repeatedly claimed in multiple videos and social media posts that several school shooting massacres were “false flag” events perpetrated by government officials in an attempt to drum up support for gun control laws. In an October 2020 video surfaced on Friday by Mother Jones, she said that the “only way you get your freedoms back is it’s earned with the price of blood.”

Ms. Greene is perhaps best known for having endorsed QAnon, the pro-Trump conspiracy movement that claims that Mr. Trump was facing down a shadowy cabal of Democratic pedophiles.

That was almost an entire year ago. You’re probably more familiar with all the baseless and unfounded attacks she has made since.

Greene has made lying about and attacking Democrats part of her weekly, if not daily routine. Sometimes those attacks have been very personal – and very close. Like when she followed Parkland shooting survivor and gun control activist David Hogg around the streets of D.C. He said he felt she was threatening him. Or more recently, when she verbally assaulted U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the steps of Congress. That was one of her countless attacks against the New York Democrat who Greene seems disturbingly obsessed with.

But if indeed Greene is the “most attacked” freshman member of Congress in all of U.S. history, she has only herself to blame.

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On the Lam?: FBI Now Searching for Parents of Michigan Accused High School Shooter – Sheriff Says They’re ‘Missing’

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James and Jennifer Crumbley, parents of accused high school mass shooter Ethan Crumbley, appear to be “missing,” according to Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard.

Sheriff Bouchard says his office is now searching for the Crumbleys, but they cannot be found and are not returning calls from their attorney.

MSNBC reports the FBI and U.S. Marshals are currently searching for them.

The Crumbleys will face four counts of homicide involuntary manslaughter. Their son, Ethan, is facing murder and terrorism charges, in addition to other charges.

Prosecutor Karen McDonald Friday afternoon detailed the alarming note and drawings that led to school administrators summoning the Crumbleys to the school. Among the words on the note, “the thoughts won’t stop help me,” “blood everywhere,” and “The world is dead.”

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