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Missouri GOP candidate for governor: I was gay until ‘religious experience’ saved me

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A Republican Missouri state senator threw his hat into the ring on Monday, announcing his run  for the governorship by citing — among other things — his “23 years as a strong supporter of traditional marriage.”

According to the Riverfront Times, what State Senator Bob Dixon didn’t mention at his press conference was that he lived his life as a gay man for five years before having a “religious experience” in October, 1988.

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Dixon had previously discussed his earlier sexual orientation at a Springfield city council meeting in 1991 without describing the specifics of the religious experience that set him off on a different path. Since that time he has married a woman, had three kids and served as a Missouri lawmaker for 15 years.

“It is my faith in God that helps me to daily set the compass,” Dixon said during his announcement. “I hope the people of Missouri will accept my record of service as a reflection of my faith in the Almighty, because that frankly is at the core of what I do.”

According to Dixon’s mother, Jean Dixon , she waged a battle as a lawmaker against Missouri State University’s 1989 production of the AIDS drama The Normal Heart in part because of her son’s homosexuality.

Dixon said her son attempted suicide prior to his gay conversion, while admitting that — for her — it was difficult to accept his homosexual lifestyle.

“It had been a heartache I had to deal with, and it was a tough one,” Jean Dixon explained.

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In his first ad, Dixon describes himself as a “Grandson of Democrats, son of Republicans, and lover of liberty.”

Speaking with the Riverfront Times, Dixon did not deny his 1991 comments, and said that he would issue a statement at a later time.

Watch Bob Dixon’s first ad as a candidate below, uploaded to YouTube:

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WATCH: Franklin Graham tells Jeanine Pirro coronavirus pandemic is because of people sinning

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Franklin Graham blamed sinners for the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic during a Saturday night appearance on Fox News.

Host Jeanine Pirro noted the growing death toll and wondered how God could let that happen.

"Well, I don't think it's God's plan for this to happen," Graham said.

"It's because of the sin that's in the world, judge," he argued.

"Man has turned his back on God, we have sinned against him, and we need to ask for God's forgiveness and that's what Easter's all about," he continued.

"This pandemic, this is the result of a fallen world that has turned its back on God," he added.

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Drought causing water shortage amid coronavirus crisis in Chile

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With historically low river flows and reservoirs running dry due to drought, people in central Chile have found themselves particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus pandemic.

Years of resource exploitation and lax legislation have allowed most reservoirs in that part of the country to run dry.

"There are now 400,000 families, nearly 1.5 million people approximately, whose supply of 50 liters of water a day depends on tankers," Rodrigo Mundaca, spokesman for the Movement for the Defense of Water, the Earth and the Protection of the Environment, told AFP.

One of the main pieces of advice to protect people against coronavirus is to wash your hands regularly.

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Trump warns of ‘tough week’ ahead — after the United States surpassed 300,000 coronavirus victims

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US President Donald Trump warned Americans on Saturday to brace for a "very horrendous" number of coronavirus deaths in the coming days as the total number of global fatalities from the pandemic soared past 60,000.

As confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States surpassed 300,000 with more than 8,300 deaths, there was some encouraging news in Italy and Spain.

Europe continues to bear the brunt of the epidemic, however, accounting for over 45,000 of the worldwide deaths, and Britain reported a new daily high in fatalities.

There are now more than 1.17 million confirmed coronavirus cases around the world and there have been 63,437 deaths since the virus emerged in China late last year.

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