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Florida judge grants petition for state’s first same-sex divorce

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A south Florida judge on Wednesday granted what is believed to be the state’s first official same-sex divorce to a woman who entered into a civil union in Vermont, her attorney said.

The divorce was approved by Circuit Court Judge Dale Cohen during a court hearing in Broward County, after he previously ruled in the case that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

The divorce was requested by Heather Brassner, who sought to end a civil union that was performed in 2002 in Vermont.

The order has not yet been signed and officially processed, said her attorney, Nancy Brodzki, who did not expect an appeal by state officials to change the outcome.

“That will not un-divorce Heather,” she said. “It is the first unquestionably valid same-sex divorce, issued in full compliance with Florida law.”

A spokeswoman for Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said her office would review the divorce order when it is filed.

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Earlier this week, Bondi asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block a federal judge’s ruling that could allow same-sex marriages to begin in Florida on Jan. 6.

(Reporting by Letitia Stein; Editing by Bill Trott)

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New York Times admits they ‘downplayed’ the rape allegation against Trump

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On Monday, The New York Times issued a mea culpa for the nature of their coverage of the allegation by advice columnist E. Jean Carroll that President Donald Trump raped her in a department store in the 1990s.

"After an article last week reported the advice columnist E. Jean Carroll's rape allegations against President Trump, some readers accused The Times of downplaying the story," wrote staff editor Laura Takenaga. "Many have written to ask us why we didn't give the allegations more attention on our website and in print ... Some questioned whether the lack of prominence showed too much deference to the president's denials, or whether it even suggested misogyny or an unwillingness to believe a victim's account."

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Joe Sestak is the 24th Democratic candidate to enter the 2020 race

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Former Pennsylvania Representative and 3-star general in the US Navy, Joe Sestak, 67, has made history - as the 24th candidate to seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

The field is already saturated with candidates young, old, black, white, gay, straight, and every descriptor in between. Diversity - it's a thing - and we embrace it. But 24?

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LGBTQ pride ‘forces’ people to accept ‘a perverted and non-biblical view of sexuality’: West Virginia Republican

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West Virginia state Sen. Mike Azinger penned an angry op-ed for the Parkersburg News and Sentinel, scorning the idea of LGBTQ acceptance and warning that it is a massive plot to indoctrinate people against Christian values.

"Tolerance, in the face of the violation of the commandments of God, is no virtue at all," said Azinger, a manager of a contracting firm with a master's degree in pastoral theology. He ripped into the local newspaper for covering an LGBTQ pride event the previous Saturday, thundering that, "Sexual deviancy is going mainstream."

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