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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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Former House lawyer explains new recording from Trump would add another ‘abuse of power’ to impeachment

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A recording was revealed Friday of President Donald Trump demanding that his staff "take out" former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch. Former House committee lawyer Jeremy Bash, told MSNBC that it would constitute another "abuse of power" charge.

"I think it would be another important branch and sequel to the abuse of power allegation if the president used the office, used his own authority to direct that a U.S. ambassador be either removed from that position because she was standing in the way of his political agenda -- but it seems like, from the recording, possibly even that physical harm or threats to her should ensue," said Bash.

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Trump’s spiritual guru claims prayer ‘statistically proven’ to reduce crime

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Prosperity gospel evangelist Paula White, who has long served as President Donald Trump's spiritual adviser, credits a statistical drop in crime with increased Christian prayer.

Right Wing Watch reports that White earlier this month delivered a sermon in which she said it was "statistically proven" that crime dropped after the September 11th terrorist attacks because Christians started praying more frequently.

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GOP senator blows off new evidence against Trump — days after whining that there was no new evidence

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An explosive report from ABC News on Friday morning detailed an audio recording purportedly of President Donald Trump demanding the firing of Marie Yovanovitch, in which the president instructs his henchmen to "get rid of her" and "take her out."

Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), when asked by reporters about this new evidence Friday afternoon, blew it off as not a big deal.

"There will be new evidence every day!" he said in shrugging off the purported recording of the president. "There will be something new that comes out every day!"

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