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Louisiana judge strikes down state ban on marriage equality

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A state judge in Louisiana ruled that the state’s ban on marriage equality is unconstitutional, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported on Monday.

However, Fifteenth Judicial District Court Judge Edward Rubin’s ruling, which was sealed until Tuesday morning, does not give same-sex couples the right to marry, since Rubin did not order clerks to issue marriage licenses.

KLFY-TV reported that Rubin determined that the law, which was approved by voters in 2004, violates the due process and equal protection clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment.

According to KATC-TV, Rubin ruled in favor of Angela Marie Costanza and Chasity Shanelle, who asked state officials to recognize their marriage certificate, which they obtained in California. The ruling was reportedly sealed because the case concerns “the adoption of a minor child.”

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell is likely to request a stay on Rubin’s ruling, which would delay the state from recognizing any same-sex marriages while the case goes through the appeals process.

Monday’s ruling comes 19 days after a federal judge, U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman, upheld the state ban. Feldman stated in his ruling that “public attitude might be becoming more diverse, but any right to same-sex marriage is not yet so entrenched as to be fundamental.”

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Mississippi fast food cashier ‘terminated immediately’ for ugly racist slur on customer’s receipt

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The owner of a fast food restaurant in Mississippi "terminated immediately" an employee after a racist and misogynistic slur of patrons.

When Lex Washington visited Who Dat's Drive-Thru in Oxford with her roommate, the cashier listed them on the receipt as "black b*tches in a silver car."

A manager reportedly refused to apologize at the time, and instead "laughed in her face."

A photo of the receipt then spread on social media.

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George Conway calls out fears Trump will compromise new US intelligence initiative aimed at Russia

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On Saturday, George Conway drew attention to a specific passage of a new article from The New York Times about the intelligence community's efforts to counterattack the Russian power grid, in response to years of covert Kremlin attacks on our own:

“[O]fficials described...hesitation to go into detail with Mr. Trump about operations against Russia for concern...that he might countermand it or discuss it with foreign officials, as he did in 2017 when he mentioned a sensitive operation...to the Russian foreign minister.” https://t.co/BXTjjXBmia

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Trump goes on ‘TOTAL LOSERS’ tirade with manic tweet attacking ‘totally out of control’ media

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