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Magistrate Who Would Rather Quit Than Officiate Same-Sex Marriages ‘At Any Cost’ Did – and Just Won a Huge Settlement

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‘When You Have Convictions About Something, You’ve Drawn Your Line in the Sand’ 

A North Carolina magistrate who said she would rather quit than officiate marriages for same-sex couples did just that in 2014, and then sued the state. She just won a $300,000 settlement.

In 2014 Gayle Myrick was a 64-year old magistrate when the federal courts ruled same-sex couples had the legal right to marry in North Carolina. 

“When you have convictions about something, you’ve drawn your line in the sand,” she told the The Charlotte-Observer. “It (marrying gay couples) was not a consideration to me at any cost.”

The Observer noted Myrick was one of six magistrates who chose to leave. Some were paid over $50,000 a year.

Before resigning, she asked her supervisor, a judge, for an accommodation. Upon being told one could not be made for her, she resigned – and then sued the state. She won in late January, and the details have now been made public, as The Associated Press reports.

“An administrative law judge,” the AP notes, “ruled last year that Myrick’s employer failed to accommodate her religious beliefs as required under federal employment law. The judge, Michael Devine, found that her departure was not truly voluntary because declining to perform gay marriages would have subjected her to removal.”

The judge was working on behalf of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

In a statement Myrick said, “I have always wanted to find a way to protect everyone’s dignity.” 

“I didn’t want to stop anyone from getting married,” Myrick, now 68, told The Washington Post. “I also knew my religious convictions would not allow me to perform those marriages personally.”

In 2014 an different North Carolina magistrate refused to marry a same-sex couple who had been together over 30 years. “I won’t be performing your marriage because of my religious beliefs,” the magistrate told the couple.

The following year North Carolina Republicans passed a passed a bill that allows magistrates to refuse to marry same-sex couples, based on their religious beliefs.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently ordered all U.S. attorneys to install “religious freedom” coordinators, and is prioritizing religious freedom cases above others, especially those related to LGBT civil rights.

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Bolton Blasted Trump’s Ukraine Extortion: ‘I Am Not Part of Whatever Drug Deal Rudy and Mulvaney Are Cooking Up’

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Three months ago then-National Security Advisor John Bolton warned administration insiders he would have no part of President Donald Trump’s off-the-books shadow government Ukraine extortion scandal. Bolton also apparently implicated both the president’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, and the president’s acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvany.

“I am not part of whatever drug deal Rudy and Mulvaney are cooking up,” Bolton told senior director for Russian and Eurasian affairs Fiona Hill to tell White House lawyers, The New York Times reports in a bombshell article late Monday night.

Bolton, who resigned from the Trump administration hours before President Trump tweeted he had fired him, instructed Hill “to notify the chief lawyer for the National Security Council that Mr. Giuliani was working with Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, on a rogue operation with legal implications,” Hill told House of Representatives investigators on Monday.

Not one to shy away from confrontation himself, Bolton also called Giuliani, who is now reportedly under criminal investigation,  “a hand grenade who’s going to blow everybody up.”

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.

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Giuliani Demands Investigation of Ambassador Yovanovitch — but Can’t Even Spell Her Name

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Rudy Giuliani on Monday demanded an investigation into former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch — who had spent the day testifying before Congress.

Giuliani made the statement while retweeting a conspiracy theory by Tom Fitton of the far-right group Judicial Watch:

“No wonder [Trump] and President Zelensky of Ukraine agreed Ambassador Yonacovitch (sic) was a real problem,” Giuliani said, while misspelling Yovanovitch’s name.

“I wonder if Shiftless asked her about this? Will there be an investigation or is she another ‘Protected Person’ like Biden & Hillary,” Giuliani tweeted.

Despite being implicated in the scandal, Giuliani has continued to speak out in attempts to defend the work he did with Trump to solicit foreign election assistance.

 

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‘Complete Gibberish’ and ‘Garbled Nonsense’: Experts Weigh in on Trump Announcement of Sanctions ‘Soon’ Against Turkey

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“He’s Yeltsin, without the vodka.”

Experts are weighing in after President Donald Trump finally admitted action must be taken against Turkey’s ethnic cleansing of the Kurds, a move wholly enabled when President Trump pulled out U.S. forces from the region last week. There has been bipartisan and worldwide condemnation of Trump’s actions, which immediately led to the death of at least dozens of now-former U.S. allies.

In a statement posted to Twitter Monday afternoon, Trump threatened sanctions and the raising of tariffs on Turkey, “soon.”

“I will soon be issuing an Executive Order authorizing the imposition of sanctions against current and former officials of the Government of Turkey and any persons contributing to Turkey’s destabilizing actions in northeast Syria,” Trump’s statement reads. “Likewise, the steel tariffs will be increased back up to 50 percent, the level prior to reduction in May. The United States will also immediately stop negotiations, being led by the Department of Commerce, with respect to a $100 billion trade deal with Turkey.”

Experts are weighing in, with some calling Trump’s threats too little, too late – especially given that Trump wholly and single-handedly created the disaster now confronting the world.

One, a researcher at the democracy and freedom watchdog Freedom House, called the president’s remarks “complete gibberish.”

Another, a senior editor at The Diplomat, an international affairs magazine called Trump’s statement “garbled nonsense.”

He also endorsed this observation:

Bloomberg News reporter notes there are not actually any sanctions yet, just a second round of threats:

Former Strategic Planner and Public Affairs official in the Office of the Secretary of Defense:

Crooked Media’s head writer:

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