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We Don’t ‘Deal With Their Kind’: Funeral Home Is Accused of Refusing to Cremate Gay Man

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Married Couple Together Over 50 Years

A Mississippi funeral home allegedly refused to provide service for an 86-year old man, Robert Huskey, because he’s gay. Huskey was married to John Zawadski, who is now 82. The couple met in 1965 and had been together ever since, for over 50 years. They married after the Supreme Court’s 2015 Obergefell ruling.

According to the complaint, the Picayune Funeral Home said they would “take care of everything.” They were all set to pick up Huskey’s body and cremate it until they learned from a signed form that he was married to a man. After Huskey died, the funeral home allegedly told the nursing home Huskey had been living in that they don’t “deal with their kind.”

The couple had lived in Mississippi for 20 years. 

“Over the course of their life together, the couple made memories camping and prospecting in the Mexico desert and fishing in the rivers of Colorado,” the Clarion-Ledger reports. “They moved to Colorado after the death of Huskey’s father where they bought a restaurant they wished they hadn’t and then, ‘with 60 bucks in my pocket,’ to Zawadski’s native Wisconsin where they owned an apple farm.”

“We lived our lives quietly,” Zawadski told The Washington Post in an interview. “We didn’t hit the bars or anything like that.” The Post says the couple “lived unassuming lives and were rarely open with their friends and neighbors about their sexual orientation.”

John Gaspari, the couple’s nephew, had made the arrangements as it became clear Huskey would soon pass away. He say he wanted to ensure all the details were set ahead of time. The Picayune Funeral Home was the only one in the area that offers cremation services.

After being refused, the family was forced to find another funeral home, then a cremation service, which was 90 minutes away.

“The turmoil and exigency created by Defendants in causing Plaintiffs to find alternative arrangements, as described above, permanently marred the memory of Bob’s otherwise peaceful passing,” the complaint reads.

The funeral home says it never discriminated against the family, and never said they don’t “deal with their kind.”

Lambda Legal, which is representing the family, says there’s sufficient evidence to dispute that.

“I am confident that we will be able to prove through witness, phone records and other means that what we claim in the lawsuit is in fact what happened,” attorney Beth Littrell said.

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Unpublished Bolton Manuscript Exposes Trump’s Ukraine ‘Drug Deal’ Tying Military Aid to Dirt on Biden: New NYT Report

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The unpublished manuscript of John Bolton‘s forthcoming book exposes what the former Trump National Security Advisor allegedly had called a “drug deal,” when referring to the president’s extortion scheme of Ukraine, a New York Times report reveals. Trump, according to the draft, personally told Bolton of the illegal act, including tying congressionally-approved military aid to Ukraine manufacturing “dirt” against former Vice President Joe Biden, who early emerged as Trump’s top political opponent.

“President Trump told his national security adviser in August that he wanted to continue freezing $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats including the Bidens, according to an unpublished manuscript by the former adviser, John R. Bolton,” the Times reported late Sunday.

Those facts wholly destroy the president’s defense which his legal team have been arguing before and now during his Senate impeachment trial. The revelation, just before the trial resumes Monday afternoon, might make it extraordinarily difficult for Trump’s defense team to continue that line of defense.

“Mr. Bolton’s explosive account of the matter at the center of Mr. Trump’s impeachment trial, the third in American history, was included in drafts of a manuscript he has circulated in recent weeks to close associates.”

Senate Democrats tried last week to subpoena Bolton to testify, but Republicans killed all such efforts.

The Times’ report also states Bolton submitted the manuscript to the White House, which means they are aware of the existence of the allegation – and continue to engage in obstruction of Congress, one of the two Articles of Impeachment.

Maggie Haberman, one of the author’s of Sunday night’s bombshell, posted this tweet:

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Kobe Bryant Dead in Helicopter Accident: TMZ

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Basketball great Kobe Bryant has died in a tragic helicopter accident, along with everyone on board, TMZ was first to report. The 41-year old NBA star played with the LA Lakers for two decades. He retired in 2016.

“Kobe was traveling with at least 3 other people in his private helicopter when it went down,” TMZ adds. “A fire broke out. Emergency personnel responded, but nobody on board survived. 5 people are confirmed dead. We’re told Vanessa Bryant was not among those on board.”

The LA County Sheriff’s Office posted this tweet, but did not include Bryant’s name.

In 2013 after his own missteps Bryant stepped up to correct a fan for using the word “gay” as a slur. Nearly seven years ago, it was a big moment for awareness and for the LGBTQ community.

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Trump Accused of Inciting Violence Against Adam Schiff With ‘Not Paid the Price Yet’ Twitter Threat

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A Sunday morning tweet by Donald Trump attacking Rep. Adam Schiff  has drawn intense scrutiny on Twitter and elsewhere with many suggesting the president is inciting violence or some sort of retribution against the California Democrat whith the phrase Schiff “not paid the price yet.”

According to the president, ““The Impeachment Hoax is a massive election interference the likes of which has never been seen before. In just two hours the Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrats have seen their phony case absolutely shredded. Shifty is now exposed for illegally making up my phone call, & more!” before adding, “Shifty Adam Schiff is a CORRUPT POLITICIAN, and probably a very sick man. He has not paid the price, yet, for what he has done to our Country!”

Appearing on “Meet the Press” Schiff himself agreed that it sounded like a “threat.”

“I think it’s intended to be,” Schiff stated. “But look, it is going to be very difficult for some of these senators to stand up to this president. It really is. There’s just no question about it.”

On Twitter, the president was hammered for his rhetoric, see below:

 

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