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Texas Republican official: Founding fathers would never allow ‘sodomites’ to marry

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Texas Republicans are unrepentant after a prominent member of their caucus referred to same-sex couples as “sodomites” and said that the nation’s founders would be appalled that they are being allowed to marry.

According to Houston’s KHOU, Conservative Republicans of Texas president Dr. Steve Hotze made the bigoted remarks in a press release supporting Harris County Republican Party Chairman Jared Woodfill, who is running for re-election.

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“Our Founding Fathers would be furious to find out that the Constitution was being interpreted to allow sodomites to marry,” wrote Hotze in a Republican Party fundraising letter.

When asked by KHOU about his remarks, Hotze refused to back down.

“I don’t know how I could be any clearer,” Hotze said. “This whole issue is about judicial liberal activism that is trying to redefine marriage.”

Hotze was responding to federal District Court Judge Orlando Garcia’s ruling that the state of Texas’ ban on same-sex marriages in unconstitutional and needlessly “demeaning” to the state’s LGBT citizens.

Woodfill himself declined to directly address Hotze’s remarks, saying instead, “The terminology I want attached is this judge has been a liberal activist and he has violated the law of this state.”

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In Tuesday’s primaries, Woodfill is facing a challenger from within the party.

The incumbent party chair is the lead actor in a lawsuit against Houston’s Mayor Annise Parker in which Republicans are trying to block benefits to the partners of LGBT city employees. Parker instituted the benefits earlier this year, which those on the right say is a step too far.

“Republicans say these actions together are a form of institutional anarchy and if unchecked, will devour the freedom of many to advance the narrow interests of a few,” said Woodfill in a press release.

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HBO’s Maher scorches Trump for calling coronavirus a ‘hoax’: ‘Not something he can lie his way out of’

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During the "Overtime" segment of HBO's "Real Time," host Bill Maher launched into a broadside against Donald Trump for telling South Carolina rallygoers that the coronavirus outbreak is a "hoax" being pushed by the media Democrats.

In a furious back and forth with conservative guest Buck Sexton, Maher said this was one instance where the president "could not lie his way out of it."

According to Sexton, the crisis is serious but then he tried to deflect from the issue by accusing Democrats of "trying to score political points," when they point out the Trump administration's bumbling response.

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Suspected ‘community transmission’ of coronavirus in third West Coast state: report

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Doctors in two more states reported suspected "community transmission" of coronavirus on Saturday.

The first reported case occurred in California. The second case in California was reported on Friday.

Then Oregon reported their first suspected coronavirus victim, an elementary school employee thought to be another case of community transmission.

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Americans who believe Trump’s spin on coronavirus will get ‘what they deserve’: former Ebola Czar

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President Donald Trump's credibility deficit is coming into play as Americans wonder whether to listen to his debunked claims or facts from medical experts on the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic.

Former U.S. Ebola response coordinator Ron Klain, who was known as the "Ebola Czar," was interviewed Friday evening by Ali Velshi on MSNBC's "The Last Word."

Klain said the administration was facing a "crisis of both confidence and competence."

"On the confidence side, anyone who believes what Donald Trump says kind of gets what they deserve at this stage of the game," he argued. "But the problem is, the administration has silenced the people we can trust."

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