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Nebraska Still Fighting Same-Sex Marriage 11 Months After Obergefell

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State Won’t Let Married Couple, Who Are Lesbians, Have Both Parents’ Names on Birth Certificate

Nearly 11 months after the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of nationwide marriage equality, Nebraska still isn’t allowing same-sex couples to be listed as parents on birth certificates. 

Kristin and Katie Collins-Henderson of Omaha (photo) are expecting their second child next month. But because the state hasn’t updated its birth certificate forms to reflect the high court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, Katie Collins-Henderson can only be listed as “friend” on the document. 

“It’s kind of like a kick in the gut. I’m not a friend. This is my child, too,” Katie Collins Henderson told WOWT-TV.  

The Collins-Hendersons, who traveled to Iowa to have their first child so they could both be listed on the birth certificate, said they recently learned from hospital officials that the state still hasn’t updated its birth certificate forms. 

The state Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) agreed to update the forms last November, as part of the ACLU’s original lawsuit challenging the state’s marriage ban. Due to concerns about implementation of the changes, the ACLU obtained an injunction from a federal judge this February, ordering Nebraska officials to treat same-sex couples equally, including on birth certificates. 

However, more than three months later, state officials say they need to hold a hearing — scheduled for today — to take input from the public on what the updated birth certificates will look like. 

“This is an important step in the process before changes to the birth certificate are made,” said Taylor Gage, a spokesman for GOP Gov. Pete Ricketts. 

Asked whether it normally takes a year to change state documents after a court ruling, a DHHS official told the station: “The time from when legislation is passed to implementation varies.”

After the hearing, the proposed changes must be signed off on by both the attorney general and governor — but that isn’t likely to happen in time for the Collins-Hendersons. 

Katie Collins-Henderson questioned why the public should even have a say in how the new forms look. 

“I believe they don’t want to change it and they’re dragging their feet.” she said.  

 

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Busted: Steve Bannon Admits He Helped Plot Jan. 6 Trump Rally to ‘Kill Biden Presidency in the Crib’

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Conservative broadcaster Steve Bannon admitted on Wednesday that he had plotted with President Donald Trump to “kill the Biden presidency in the crib” ahead of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

During his Warroom broadcast, Bannon played clips of journalist Robert Costa and Bob Woodward explaining how events unfolded prior to the Jan. 6 riot.

“You look at January 5th, we discovered that Steve Bannon, the former White House strategist, was there at the Willard Hotel blocks from the White House with Rudy Giuliani, having an almost war-room-type meeting with other Trump allies the eve before the January 6th insurrection,” Costa recently explained to MSNBC. “And Bannon had actually been in close touch with President Trump for days before January 6th. Based on our reporting, he privately told President Trump to have a reckoning on January 6th. And he said to the president, it’s time to kill the Biden presidency in the crib.”

Bannon seemed proud to confirm that the conversation had taken place.

“Yeah, because his legitimacy,” Bannon said of Biden. “42% of the American people think that Biden did not win the presidency legitimately.”

“It killed itself,” he continued. “Just look at what this illegitimate regime is doing. It killed itself. OK? But we told you from the very beginning, just expose it, just expose it, never back down, never give up and this thing will implode.”

Watch the video below from Real America’s Voice.

 

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Far Right Pastor Says There Are More Gays Than Ever Before Thanks to a ‘Demonic Spirit That’s Come After Our Seed’

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A right wing mega-church pastor who falsely claims Donald Trump won re-election “by about 80 million votes” says more Christian children than ever before identify as LGBTQ, making clear he believes that is bad.

Pastor Kent Christmas, who shares his ministry with his wife Candy, appeared on stage before thousands of his followers and declared, “never have Christians’ children been more taken over by homosexuality, than they are right now,” as Right Wing Watch reports (video below).

The vast majority of Americans support same-sex marriage and equal rights and responsibilities for LGBTQ people.

Christmas blamed a “demonic spirit that comes after our seed” for the increase in people who identify as LGBTQ.

“If I asked each and every one of you to stand that has a son, daughter, or a niece or a nephew, or a brother or sister, that is gay, half of you would stand up in this building, because it is a demonic spirit that’s come after our seed and the church that God has raised it up in this hour is going to have authority over that.”

In 2018 Christmas acknowledged his son is gay, and said, “I know that he wasn’t born that way.”

He claims his son is no longer gay, and is now married with a wife and children.

“I watched the Holy Ghost deliver him and set him free,” Christmas said.

Last year a study published by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law found that “non-transgender LGB people who experienced conversion therapy were almost twice as likely to think about suicide and to attempt suicide compared to their peers who hadn’t experienced conversion therapy.”

It goes on to reveal that more than eight out of ten Americans who were subjected to dangerous conversion therapy “received it from a religious leader.”

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New Florida Surgeon General’s First Act: Allowing Students Exposed to COVID to Attend School With No Restrictions

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He hasn’t even been confirmed yet by the Florida state Senate but Dr. Joseph Ladapo, Governor Ron DeSantis‘s new Surgeon General, on Wednesday signed an executive order that changes state policy on school attendance for students who have been exposed to COVID-19.

The order, which replaces an August 6 order by Dr. Ladapo’s predecessor, declares that students who have been exposed to COVID-19 can continue attending school in-person, as long as they are asymptomatic. It also repeatedly states that parents have sole discretion on how children are educated – in person or virtually – and on masks, effectively eliminating any locally-ordered mask mandates.

“The school boards in Miami-Dade, Broward, Orange, Alachua and Leon counties [had] challenged the Aug. 6 rule, which did not include the new provision about parents or legal guardians having ‘sole discretion’ about opting out of school mask requirements,” the Tallahassee Democrat newspaper reports.

Those lawsuits are now effectively null and void because of the new order.

Dr. Ladapo, who opposes mask and vaccine mandates, has likened the focus on getting Americans vaccinated to a religious obsession, and supports treatment of COVID-19 with drugs that are neither approved for use against the coronavirus nor have been proven to be effective – namely the livestock-dewormer Ivermectin and the malaria-drug hydroxychloroquine. He also appeared in the infamous viral video with a discredited doctor mocked as the “Demon Sperm” physician.

 

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