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Alabama Justice Roy Moore vows to block ‘illegitimate’ marriage equality ruling at state level

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Alabama’s grandstanding conservative Christian Chief Justice Roy Moore has vowed that he and his religious group will defy the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality at the state level.

According to Right Wing Watch, on Friday Moore shared a Facebook update by his wife Kayla Moore, who said that their Foundation for Moral Law — an anti-LGBT group that is attempting to inject far-right Christian theology into the daily workings of government — will steadfastly oppose marriage equality in Alabama, calling the Court’s ruling “illegitimate.”

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“Today the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to reverse a ruling by the Sixth Circuit Court of appeals that had upheld the marriage laws of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee, holding that the right to marry a person of the same sex is guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution,” wrote Kayla Moore. “But the Foundation for Moral Law is blowing the whistle on the illegitimacy of today’s decision.”

She went on, “Not only does the U.S. Supreme Court have no legal authority to redefine marriage, but also at least 2 members of the Court’s majority opinion were under a legal duty to recuse and refrain from voting. Their failure to recuse calls into question the validity of this decision.”

The Foundation for Moral Law, she said, is currently embroiled in an anti-marriage equality case in the “Middle District of Alabama” and that “This means we’ve got more work to do, but we are determined to do it…There are issues in this case that the Supreme Court’s decision didn’t resolve.”

A lawyer for the foundation said, “Marriage is in institution created by God at the beginning of time, and I question the authority of an unelected Court to change it. And eternal standards of right and wrong do not change with time, with court decisions, or with public opinion.”

Roy Moore first came to national attention when he mulishly refused to remove a giant monument to the Christian Bible’s Ten Commandments from the grounds of the Alabama state house in Montgomery.

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Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan to give up royal titles — ‘the hardest #Megxit possible’

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Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will give up their royal titles and public funding as part of a settlement with the Queen to start a new life away from the British monarchy.

The historic announcement from Buckingham Palace on Saturday follows more than a week of intense private talks aimed at managing the fallout of the globetrotting couple's shock resignation from front-line royal duties.

It means Queen Elizabeth II's grandson Harry and his American TV actress wife Meghan will stop using the titles "royal highness" -- the same fate that befell his late mother Princess Diana after her divorce from Prince Charles in 1996.

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GOP senator tells home-state press that impeachment trial must be ‘viewed as fair’: report

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Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) spoke to local reporters on Saturday about her role in the upcoming Donald Trump impeachment trial.

Murkowski explained she would likely vote with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on an initial vote on whether to allow witnesses. However, she left the door open to voting for witnesses after House impeachment managers make their opening case.

"I don't know what more we need until I have been given the base case," she said. "We will have that opportunity to say 'yes' or 'no' ... and if we say 'yes,' the floor is open."

Overall, Murkowski said it was important for the trial to been viewed as fair.

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White House press secretary urged to do her job: ‘We don’t pay you to be a Twitter troll’

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White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham was blasted on Saturday over the confusion resulting from her refusal to hold daily press briefings.

CNN senior media reporter Oliver Darcy was alarmed that Grisham's assistant, Hogan Gidley, was forcing reporters to refer to his remarks as coming from a "sources close to the President's legal team."

Darcy noted that Trump had repeatedly questioned the veracity of unnamed sources, making it problematic for Gidley to demand to be quoted as such.

https://twitter.com/oliverdarcy/status/1218704788432572422

Grisham responded to the criticism and asked Darcy to "stop with the righteous indignation.

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