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North Carolina judge resigns in protest after Supreme Court shoots down same-sex marriage ban

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A North Carolina magistrate judge resigned on Monday so that he would not be forced to officiate same-sex marriages, the Citizen-Times reports.

Swain County Magistrate Judge Gilbert Breedlove said that “we were directed we had to perform the marriages” after the Supreme Court struck down the state’s marriage ban on October 10, 2014. “That was just something I couldn’t do because of my religious beliefs,” he continued.

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“I was Christian when I started. Then, the law didn’t require me to perform something that was against my religious belief. Now that law has changed its requirements,” Breedlove said. “The whole Bible from front-to-end states that a marriage is between a man and a wife; any other type of sexual activity other than that is what is defined as fornication.”

Breedlove is also employed as a pastor at his church — which he refused to identify, for fear of backlash — but his main source of income was his position as a magistrate.

“That’s one of things about being a Christian,” he said. “You are able to serve the Lord, and the Lord will provide.”

Chris Sgro, executive director of Equality North Carolina, said that “our hope is not that anybody feels like they need to resign from their position. Our hope is that people across North Carolina will support same-sex marriage, and do their jobs and conduct same-sex marriages the same as they would for opposite-sex couples.”

Sgro also noted that attempts publicize resignations like Breedlove’s are “part of an effort to hype up a few small cases” by groups like the North Carolina Values Coalition and the Alliance Defending Freedom. “If you hold a job or any position that serves the public or the state, then you have to carry out the duties of that job,” he said.

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“Hundreds and hundreds of people are being married by employees of the state across North Carolina with no problem.”


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Louisiana Democrat re-elected governor — despite Trump’s rallies for the Republican candidate

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The Associated Press has called the Lousiana's governor's race for incumbent Democrat John Bel Edwards.

Edwards triumphed over Republican businessman Eddie Rispone, who called to concede.

The outcome is another major political loss for President Donald Trump, who had held multiple campaign rallies for Rispone.

During his most recent rally, Trump begged the crowd to give him a "big win" in the election.

Eddie Rispone has conceded the #lagov race to Gov. John Bel Edwards, giving the Democrat four more years in ruby red Louisiana despite Trump’s best efforts to flip the seat. Edwards camp says Rispone called minutes ago to concede. #lagov #lalege

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Press secretary says it is ‘dangerous for the country’ to question whether she is putting out honest info

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Press secretary Stephanie Grisham on Saturday argued it was "dangerous for the country" for anyone to challenge the veracity of her claims.

Grisham made her argument after President Donald Trump went to Walter Reed Hospital for an unannounced doctor's visit, resulting in a great deal of speculation.

Following the visit, Grisham claimed Trump was "healthy" and "without complaints" -- a claim many found unlikely as the president has spent a good deal of time as president airing his many grievances.

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Sondland used WhatsApp to communicate with Ukraine — and won’t turn over the messages: report

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Ambassador Gordon Sondland used WhatsApp to send encrypted messages to a top Ukranian official, The Washington Post reported Saturday.

The communication occurred with Andriy Yermak, a top aide to President Volodymr Zelensky, when Sondland was in Kyiv, the newspaper reported.

"Sondland was also texting back and forth on WhatsApp with Yermak throughout the trip, and had been communicating with other Ukrainian officials over the messaging app in the preceding and subsequent months, according to people familiar with his interactions," The Post reported.

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