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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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‘Gaslighting on a massive scale’: Doctor warns Trump is lying us into a COVID disaster

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On CNN Friday, Dr. Celine Grounder tore into President Donald Trump's ongoing falsehoods about the coronavirus pandemic.

"No matter how many times public health officials, especially like Anthony Fauci, speak the truth, what does it do, Doctor, when the president continues to lie to the public in face of a public health crisis?" asked anchor Kate Bolduan.

"This is gaslighting on an enormous scale, and means until people eventually get sick or their family members get sick, the communities hit hard, they won't believe it, and then it will be too late," said Grounder. "The problem is there's a lag period from the time that somebody's infected and starts to develop symptoms a couple days later. We don't see people get severely sick and need to be hospitalized and in ICUs until a week into disease, and talking about probably one to two weeks of lag time from the time somebody's exposed at least before you start to see hospitalizations and then another couple weeks before you start to see deaths."

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Katie Porter demands resignation of Trump small business chief for enabling ‘abuse’ of Covid-19 relief funds

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California Congresswoman Katie Porter is demanding the resignation of the Trump administration's small business chief for enabling "abuse" and "waste" of coronavirus relief funds and refusing to comply with basic government oversight efforts.

Porter's call came after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a report last week that it "encountered the most difficulty trying to obtain information from the Small Business Administration (SBA)" during the process of examining the Trump administration's handling of the $650 billion Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

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‘We’ve got to get a new guy’: Florida Trump voters lash out at the president as they flee the GOP

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In interviews with CNN's Jeff Zeleny, longtime Florida Republicans who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 admitted they have no intention of helping him stay in office when they vote in November.

With polls showing the president trailing in the all-important Sunshine State, where seniors preferred Trump over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by 21 points last election, the president now finds himself bleeding support from a demographic he desperately needs if he wants to stay in the Oval Office after the first of the year.

According to retired banker John Dudley, 77, he voted for Trump last election and the president promptly "blew it."

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