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During Clay Aiken debate, GOP rep. claims US was ‘founded on’ man-woman marriage

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Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) on Monday said that she opposed marriage rights for LGBT people because the country was “founded on” marriage between a man and a woman.

During a debate with Clay Aiken, the Democratic nominee for North Carolina’s 2nd District, WRAL’s David Crabtree pointed out that the Supreme Court had refused to hear a challenge to rulings that legalized same-sex marriage in five states. The decision also put six other states — including North Carolina — one step closer to having marriage equality.

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Ellmers admitted that she could not predict if same-sex marriage would eventually be legalized in North Carolina.

“I don’t have a crystal ball,” she said. “I’ve been very strong on this issue, and there again, a state’s issue. One that the federal government — although I do support defense of marriage between one man and one woman. I believe that’s what our country is founded on.”

But she added that government could be “too intrusive in all of our lives.”

“So when it comes to civil unions, legal agreements between two individuals, I don’t know how legally from a constitutional perspective we can continue to interject ourselves,” Ellmers said.

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For his part, Aiken said that he had been a supporter of equal marriage rights, and he was comfortable with states and appeals courts deciding the issue.

“It’s certainly not why I’m running for Congress,” he insisted. “I’m running because people need jobs, and Congress is doing nothing. I’m running because people need access to education, and education opportunities for their kids, and Congress is doing nothing.”

“But I do think we will have to see,” the former American Idol star, who is gay, continued. “I think the Supreme Court has obviously left it in the hands of the states and the regions right now.”

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Watch the video below from WRAL, broadcast Oct. 7, 2014.


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‘Utterly ridiculous’: Panel rips Andrea Mitchell after she claims ‘real equivalency’ between Trumps and Bidens

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An MSNBC panel helped host Andrea Mitchell put things in perspective after she opined on the "swampiness" of Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden.

Hunter Biden recently became a public target of conservatives after it was revealed that President Donald Trump was pressing Ukraine to investigate him and his father. Trump critics contend that it's laughable to investigate the Bidens when Trump's family appears far more corrupt.

"There’s no question that there is a swampiness about Hunter Biden’s work given his lack of qualifications for a lot of this stuff," Mitchell said during her Monday MSNBC program. "But there's a real equivalency here because Eric and Donald Trump Jr. are involved in businesses around the world."

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Black family arrested for ‘loitering’ on their own front lawn

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On October 1, a black family was standing in the front yard of their home, when police approached. They were arrested for loitering even though they were on their own property, reports KYW news.

Loitering offenses have historically been used as a way to purge people seen as undesirable, such as the homeless, from public spaces.

Now, the family is demanding answers from the Chester Township Police Department in Pennsylvania.

"It's a terrifying thing. It makes me feel as though the police can knock down your door, and drag you out of your home at anytime," Rachel Briggs told KYW. "This is an incident that made me feel like I'm a prisoner in my own home," she added. Her sons and nephew were dragged off to jail, where they spent the night while the family scrambled to make their bail.

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GOP consultant: Gruesome fake video of Democrats being massacred ‘endangers Trump more than anybody’

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Republican analyst Rick Tyler on Monday insisted that President Donald Trump is at greater risk due to a fake video which shows him massacring members of the media and prominent Democrats.

Tyler made the remarks in reference to a video that was shown at Trump's Miami resort during a three day conference supporting the president.

In the mock video, Trump appears to murder his perceived foes, which include members of the media and public officials.

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