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Kentucky governor defends gay marriage ban: Straight men can’t marry each other, either

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Kentucky’s Democratic governor offered convoluted reasoning to argue that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage did not discriminate against gay and lesbian couples.

Attorneys for Gov. Steve Beshear filed a brief last week with the U.S. Supreme arguing that Kentucky’s law was not discriminatory because straight people – not just LGBT people – could not marry a person of the same sex.

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“Kentucky’s marriage laws treat homosexuals and heterosexuals the same and are facially neutral,” the lawyers argued in the filing. “Men and women, whether heterosexual or homosexual, are free to marry persons of the opposite sex under Kentucky law, and men and women, whether heterosexual or homosexual, cannot marry persons of the same sex under Kentucky law.”

The Louisville Courier-Journal reported that the argument was similar to one offered by the state of Virginia nearly 50 years ago defending its prohibition against interracial marriage.

That state’s lawyers argued at the time that the ban, which was also effective in Kentucky and 14 other states, was not discriminatory because white people could not marry black people – and vice versa.

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected that argument in the historic 1967 Loving v. Virginia case that struck down bans on interracial marriage.

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A lawyer for the six gay couples challenging Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriage called Beshear’s argument “absurd.”

“Kentucky is in essence saying that our clients are precluded from marriage entirely, unless they change their sexual orientation (or simply marry someone to whom they are not attracted),” said attorney Dan Cannon.

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“It’s akin to passing a law banning all Catholic churches within city limits, and then saying it’s not discriminatory because you can still go to a Baptist church,” he added.

The case will be argued before the Supreme Court on April 28.

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‘They love the meanest parts of him’: Conservative writer explains why evangelical Christians stick with Trump

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Ben Howe, a conservative writer and evangelical Christian who refuses to support Donald Trump, explained why fellow evangelicals continue to back the president despite his decidedly ungodly behavior.

Speaking with the Atlantic’s Emma Green about his new book The Immoral Majority, Howe — whose evangelical bona fides include attending pastor Jerry Falwell’s church as a kid — described evangelicals’ support for Trump, insisting “they love the meanest parts of him.”

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‘Mental midget’ Stephen Miller absolutely demolished in MSNBC blast at Trump’s ‘misfit’ advisers

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Given the opportunity to discuss two profiles on White House adviser Stephen Miller -- published by the Washington Post and the New York Times late Saturday -- Democratic consultant Don Calloway jumped in with both feet to trash the man he called a "mental midget"."

Asked p on MSNBC about the controversial Miller's outsized influence on Donald Trump, Calloway didn't hold back.

"What goes through your head when you hear how much influence Stephen Miller has on immigration policy?" host Alex Witt asked.

"Stephen Miller is a mental midget, that's the best thing I can say," Calloway began to the sounds of laughter offscreen.

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Black woman reveals how Trump is ruining her marriage: ‘My white Republican husband is starting to hate me’

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A black woman revealed over the weekend how President Donald Trump and right-wing media are straining her marriage.

In a Twitter rant on Saturday, a woman going by the name Glass Butterfly hit a nerve by starting a discussion about the challenges of interracial marriage in the age of Trump.

"My white Republican husband is starting to hate me because the longer we live through this administration the 'BLACKER' I become," she revealed. "Any interracially and opposing politically affiliated couples going through this? Like...I have NO idea how to balance who we are..or are becoming."

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