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Alabama judge refuses to perform gay marriages, then arrests minister when she tries to do it

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A woman who said she was an ordained minister was arrested on Tuesday and charged with disorderly conduct while trying to perform a same-sex marriage at a courthouse in Alabama.

The Autauga County Sheriff’s Office told the Montgomery Advertiser that Probate Judge Al Booth observed Anne Susan Diprizio offering to perform same-sex marriages, and so he called for deputies to arrest her.

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Booth decided to stop performing marriages after Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore advised all probate judges in the state not to comply with a federal judge’s orders to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Booth has insisted that the decision to stop performing marriages had to do workload, not an opposition to LGBT rights.

“Judge Booth said there was a lady in the office who wouldn’t leave when he asked her to leave,” Hill explained. He said that Diprizio kneeled on the floor and allowed deputies to arrest her when she was ordered to leave the building.

Courtney Cannon and Morgan Plunkett, who were at the courthouse on Tuesday to obtain a marriage license, said that Diprizio had offered to perform their ceremony until she was taken into custody.

“I don’t even know her name, but she said she was an ordained minister and wanted to marry us,” Cannon recalled. “She was standing up for our rights to get married. Judge Booth called the deputies after he told her to leave.”

Cannon added that the clerk in the probate office “that gave us our license was very nice.”

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“I didn’t think it would blow up like this,” she observed. “We just wanted to get a marriage license. We weren’t thinking of getting married in the probate office until she offered to perform the ceremony.”

Cannon said that she didn’t think Diprizio deserved to be arrested.

“They say they have stopped all marriages at the probate office,” she noted. “But I guarantee if a heterosexual couple went in there they would marry them in a heartbeat.”

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Diprizio was being held at the Autauga Metro Jail on $1,000 bond.

Watch the video below from the Montgomery Advertiser.

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Louisiana cop hugs sobbing protester afraid for their life: ‘We’re all right here with you’

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A Shreveport, Louisiana police officer was captured on video holding a sobbing protester scared for their life.

Americans took to the streets to protest the brutal death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and jogger Ahmaud Arbery shot to death by a group of white men. The young protester was one of the many heartbroken and scared of the police presence.

NBC News 6 reporter Jade Jackson tweeted that the protester "feared for their lives when the officer told them not to be on top of the courthouse statue."

"I feel your pain, ok?" the officer says. "We're all right here with you."

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WATCH: Tanker truck speeds into crowd of Minneapolis protesters

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A tanker truck drove into a crowd of people in Minneapolis Sunday afternoon as protests continued to escalate.

Americans have taken to the streets to protest police brutality that continues to take the lives of people of color.

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WCCO, the CBS affiliate in Minneapolis, showed footage of the truck speeding quickly toward the crowds of people. People rushed to those who were injured and to try and stop the truck.

A formation of officers then formed to move people from the highway. Protesters stood with their hands up, the universal sign used by protesters to indicate that they are unarmed and not to shoot them.

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No, Donald Trump cannot name Antifa a terrorist group — here’s why

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The White House had no intention of actually doing anything with protesters the right-wing refers to as Antifa -- a shorter nickname for "anti-fascism," those who protest Nazis and white supremacists.

Axios reported Sunday that it took 24 hours from President Donald Trump to see comments from conservative pal Dan Bongino urging action. It wasn't long after that; Trump tweeted that he would declare Antifa a terrorist group.

"To explain a little: it's like calling bird-watching an organization. Yes, there are bird-watching organizations as there are Antifa organizations, but neither bird-watching nor Antifa is an organization," tweeted historian Mark Bray, who wrote Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook.

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