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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.

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.”

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

“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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Trump could turn on Hope Hicks just like Michael Cohen: Trump family biographer warns

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Trump family biographer Emily Jane Fox explained that she didn't think that the president would turn on long-time aide Hope Hicks, but then again, it was the same thought about Michael Cohen as well.

In a panel discussion about Hicks' testimony during MSNBC's Brian Williams' Wednesday show, Fox recalled that Micahel Cohen once said that he would take a bullet for the president. Once it appeared that Trump would throw him under the bus, Cohen began looking for a way out.

The same scenario seems to be happening with Hicks now.

"She works at new Fox, which is a company run by a Murdoch son," Fox said. "It's a company that's brand new. She's the head of communications there. And there are shareholders who would take issue with the fact that a senior member of this company is being put in this situation and being thrust on the world stage."

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Trump jumped to Speaker Pelosi’s defense in marathon Fox News interview

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In a strange twist, President Donald Trump appeared to defend House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity Wednesday.

Hannity began by saying to Trump that he believes Pelosi has lost control of her own party, as officials like Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) continue to call for impeachment.

"I say Nancy Pelosi is the speaker in name only," Hannity told Trump, calling Ocasio-Cortez the real start.

But what Trump said was the unusual point.

"I think Nancy Pelosi probably has control of it, I hear different things, but I think she does," Trump said, appearing to defend the Speaker. "She knows what she's doing. We will see how it all comes out."

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Trump spokesperson goes down in flames up against progressive reporter: ‘All you do is lie!’

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President Donald Trump's spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany went down in flames up against Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks during a CNN panel Wednesday.

McEnany went on to try and spin the president as some sort of great leader for Black Americans. She said that the campaign is very "proud" of the president's record on issues involving people of color.

"He also just said he wouldn't change his position on the Central Park Five," cut in Cuomo.

McEnany tried to cut in, but Cuomo cut in. "Now, he said we'll leave it at that. Come on."

"Chris, you come — come on, you," McEnany shot back. "We've been talking about the Central Park Five and racism and all of these things going back to the 2016 election, problem -- American people didn't believe it."

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