‘My Faith Calls Me to a Different Place on the Issue’ of Letting Gay People Be Parents
Karen HandelÂ says she is opposed to LGBTQ people being able to adopt children and start families because of her “faith.” The Republican nominee is facing Democrat Jon Ossoff in Georgia’s June 20 special election to fill the seat held by former Rep. Tom Price, now PresidentÂ Donald Trump’s HHS Secretary.
On Thursday Handel sat down with locals atÂ Wrightâ€™s Gourmet Sandwich Shop, as the Georgia Voice explains, where one woman told her that while she personally leans conservative, she has an LGBTQ daughter and fears what will happen when she wants to adopt children or start a family.
As you watch this video, note how quick Handel is to cut the woman off when the conversation moves to civil rights and equality for LGBTQ people. Handel politely nods as the mother begins to talk about wanting to support her child, asking the Republican candidate, “what protections do I have for her having a family in the future, wanting to adopt a kid?”
“Sure. Sure,” Handel says, interrupting.
â€œI have to be honest,” Handel says, bringing her hand to her heart. “My faith calls me to a different place on the issue.â€
Handel, who once served as Georgia’s Secretary of State and unsuccessfully ran for governor, adds that her faith calls her to be “compassionate,” as if LGBTQ people need pity. “So, I always try to do that,” she says, as if it’s a challenge.
“I don’t,” she continues, “I’m not aware of anything in the law, right now, that I’m aware of, that’s going to be impactful, from a discriminatory standpoint, against your daughter,” Handel said.
MSNBC earlier Friday reported that about 150 anti-LGBT bills have been filed across the nation at the state level. Just yesterday Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law legislation that allows adoption and foster care agencies to cite their religious beliefs, as Handel just did, to bar same-sex couples and LGBT people from adopting. And right now in the state of Georgia, for which Handel wants to be a Member of Congress, a bill is in the legislature that would do the exact same thing. But she is “not awareÂ of anything in the law, right now … that’s going to be impactful, from a discriminatory standpoint,” against LGBT people.
Handel, almost appearing frustrated, went on to tell the mother, “the issue’s been decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, so…”
The mother, speaking about Vice President Mike Pence, responds by saying, “I’m worried he’s going to try and make changesÂ â€“”
Using her hands to chop on the table, Handel repeats herself in a staccato fashion, says: “It’s the U.S. Supreme Court!”
And then outstretching her arms, as if the mom just isn’t understanding her, Handel says, “so, so,” as she grabs the arms of her chair, gets up, and leaves.
The mother is still talking. Handel responds: “I hear ya.”
No, no she did not. Nor did she care to.
The Georgia Voice notes Handel had nearly the exact same response the same day atÂ Wrightâ€™s Sandwich Shop, telling longtime Georgia journalistÂ Dyana BagbyÂ of Reporters’ Newspapers,Â her “faith” calls her “to a very different place on these issues.”
â€œMy faith at the same time calls me to be compassionate and what I have always believed is that what has to be paramount is what is the best interest of the child,â€ she said.
Asked to explain further, she said, â€œThe best interest of the child. Period, end of paragraph. Thatâ€™s not for you to decide. Thatâ€™s not for me to decide. Itâ€™s for the child advocates to decide, whether that be the court or the childâ€™s guardian. The childâ€™s best interest must be paramount.â€
Handel is known nationwide as the high-powered Komen for the Cure executive who almost single-handedly destroyed the reputation of the once highly-respected breast cancer non-profit when she moved to defund the group’s support of Planned Parenthood. She has told supporters she wants America to become a nation where “the very idea of an abortion is unthinkable.”Â
â€” Victoria Fiorentino (@HybridVigorUS) June 16, 2017
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Pelosi Delivers Brutal Response After McCarthy’s Acting Replacement Orders Her to Vacate Her Office Immediately
Within hours of Kevin McCarthy being ousted as Speaker of the House late Tuesday afternoon, his hand-picked acting successor, U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), ordered Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi to vacate her Capitol Hill offices “by tomorrow.”
McHenry, whose title technically now is “Speaker Pro Tempore,” is a staunch McCarthy ally who worked diligently behind the scenes in January to help the now-former Speaker get elected on the fifteenth attempt, had an aide issue the order.
“‘Please vacate the space tomorrow, the room will be re-keyed,’ wrote a top aide on the Republican-controlled House Administration Committee,” Politico reported Tuesday night. “The room was being reassigned by the acting speaker ‘for speaker office use,’ the email said.”
Politico adds that “House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries’ staff helped Pelosi’s office make the move, according to a spokesperson for the former speaker.”
Pelosi, who was honored with the title “Speaker Emerita” in 2022 by the House Steering and Policy Committee in an effort to help unite the House, did not vote for or against McCarthy’s ouster. She remained in California to attend the funeral of her friend and colleague, the late U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein.
But Pelosi, the first and only woman Speaker of the House, who served from 2007 to 2011 and again from 2019 to 2023, did not take McHenry’s order lying down.
“With all of the important decisions that the new Republican Leadership must address, which we are all eagerly awaiting, one of the first actions taken by the new Speaker Pro Tempore was to order me to immediately vacate my office in the Capitol,” Pelosi said in a statement, according to Politico’s Nicholas Wu. “Sadly, because I am in California to mourn the loss of and pay tribute to my dear friend Dianne Feinstein, I am unable to retrieve my belongings at this time.”
“This eviction is a sharp departure from tradition. As Speaker, I gave former Speaker Hastert a significantly larger suite of offices for as long as he wished,” She noted.
“Office space doesn’t matter to me, but it seems important to them,” Pelosi added. “Now that the new Republican Leadership has settled this important matter, let’s hope they get to work on what’s truly important to the American people.”
‘Radical Left Marxists’: Trump Launches Attack Hours After Judge Imposes Gag Order
Just hours after New York Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron imposed a limited gag order and directed Donald Trump to remove his social media post targeting and attacking, by name, the judge’s law clerk, the ex-president Tuesday evening issued an attack targeting the legal system, and apparently, by extension, Attorney General Letitia James.
Judge Engoron’s Tuesday order barred Trump from “posting, emailing or speaking publicly about any of my staff,” as Politico reported. The judge’s gag order did not extend to any officer of the court, witnesses, or anyone else involved in Attorney General James’ $250 million civil fraud case against Trump.
“Consider this statement a gag order forbidding all parties from posting, emailing or speaking publicly about any of my staff,” Engoron said Tuesday afternoon. “Failure to abide by this order will result in serious sanctions.”
Judge Engoron had announced in court: “This morning one of the defendants posted to his social media account a disparaging, untrue and personally identifying post about a member of my staff.”
“Personal attacks on members of my court staff are unacceptable, inappropriate and I will not tolerate them in any circumstances,” Engoron added.
Politico described Trump’s social media post as “a message alleging [the law clerk] ‘is running this case against me.’ The message was pulled from an account on X with fewer than 200 followers. Trump then linked to an Instagram account for Greenfield’s campaign for a judgeship in Manhattan civil court.”
“’How disgraceful! This case should be dismissed immediately!!’ Trump added. He also posted a photo of her alongside Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and referred to her as ‘Schumer’s girlfriend.'”
And while the judge ordered the social media post taken down, there’s nothing that can be done about the email blast Trump sent to “millions” of his supporters that included the post, as The New York Times reported.
Tuesday evening, despite having already been given one gag order, Trump appeared to tear into the legal system and Attorney General Letitia James in a series of false claims.
After claiming James’ civil lawsuit against him was unconstitutional and election interference, Trump wrote the decision to apply that statute to him “was done by Radical Left Marxists design, and is not the America we know.”
“It is so unfair that I am being tried under Section 63(12), which is unconstitutionally being used to punish me because I am substantially leading Crooked Joe Biden in the polls,” Trump wrote on Truth Social. “It is a Consumer Protection Statute, and not meant, at all, for Election Interference purposes, which is what this is all about! Under this Section of the law, I am not even entitled to a JURY (there is no checking of a box alternative!).This was done by Radical Left Marxists design, and is not the America we know. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”
As The New Yorker reported last week, the law Trump is referring to was “passed at the behest of one of” James’ “Republican predecessors, Jacob Javits.”
‘Terrorist Attacks’: Murphy and Cornyn Slam House GOPers Over McCarthy Ouster
After U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and seven of fellow far-right House Republicans voted to oust their own Speaker of the House for supporting a bipartisan vote to keep the federal government of the United States from a shutdown, a powerful Senate Republican and Democrat are both strongly denouncing the work of the few GOP extremists who toppled Kevin McCarthy.
U.S. Senator John Cornyn, a hard-core Republican of Texas and a former member of the Senate Republican leadership team, blasted the eight House Republicans for their “terrorist attack,” and warned it will happen again.
“We saw a similar thing happen to Boehner, Ryan, and now McCarthy. I’m sure the next speaker is going to be subjected to the same terrorist attacks,” Senator Cornyn said, according to HuffPost’s Igor Bobic.
Responding to a Texas radio talk show host from his official social media account, Sen. Cornyn added, “A handful [of] House members just want to blow up the institution and themselves in the process. Sad.”
U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) called the ouster “a deeply embarrassing moment for America. A consequence of a Republican Party that has become so radicalized that it can no longer function as an organized political party.”
“Nobody should be rooting for this circus,” added Sen. Murphy in video recorded as he watched the House voting to remove McCarthy as Speaker. He warned that the ouster of McCarthy will now take the House away from the critical work of keeping the government open after November 17, “instead of working on a budget.” And he warned that no new funds to help Ukraine defend itself against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war have been authorized.
“These are life and death stakes,” Murphy said, lamenting this “makes us look so weak and foolish around the world.”
Let me tell you about the real world consequences of Kevin McCarthy’s ouster as Speaker. No one should celebrate this day. This level of dysfunction is terrible for America. pic.twitter.com/7NsQrz7Pro
— Chris Murphy 🟧 (@ChrisMurphyCT) October 3, 2023
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