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Alabama legislators tee up bill to let judges opt out of granting marriage licenses altogether

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An Alabama state Senate committee has put forth a bill that would take state probate judges out of the business of granting marriage licenses so that the judges can avoid having to grant those licenses to same-sex couples.

According to Montgomery’s WIAT, the Senate Finance and Taxation General Fund Committee approved a bill on Monday to do away with state-issued marriage licenses altogether. If the law passes, couples would file a signed marriage contract with state probate offices.

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In multiple counties in Alabama, judges have shut down their marriage licensing procedures altogether rather than complying with the Supreme Court’s historic ruling in June which made it legal for same sex couples to marry in all 50 states.

The AP reported that the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Greg Albritton (R) proposed the measure as a means of settling the ongoing controversy over marriage in the state.

The bill is unlikely to pass, however, because it would require a two-thirds majority. The state legislature is currently in emergency session over a budget shortfall. Any bills proposed during emergency sessions must have a two-thirds majority to pass.

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‘Utterly ridiculous’: Panel rips Andrea Mitchell after she claims ‘real equivalency’ between Trumps and Bidens

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An MSNBC panel helped host Andrea Mitchell put things in perspective after she opined on the "swampiness" of Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden.

Hunter Biden recently became a public target of conservatives after it was revealed that President Donald Trump was pressing Ukraine to investigate him and his father. Trump critics contend that it's laughable to investigate the Bidens when Trump's family appears far more corrupt.

"There’s no question that there is a swampiness about Hunter Biden’s work given his lack of qualifications for a lot of this stuff," Mitchell said during her Monday MSNBC program. "But there's a real equivalency here because Eric and Donald Trump Jr. are involved in businesses around the world."

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Black family arrested for ‘loitering’ on their own front lawn

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On October 1, a black family was standing in the front yard of their home, when police approached. They were arrested for loitering even though they were on their own property, reports KYW news.

Loitering offenses have historically been used as a way to purge people seen as undesirable, such as the homeless, from public spaces.

Now, the family is demanding answers from the Chester Township Police Department in Pennsylvania.

"It's a terrifying thing. It makes me feel as though the police can knock down your door, and drag you out of your home at anytime," Rachel Briggs told KYW. "This is an incident that made me feel like I'm a prisoner in my own home," she added. Her sons and nephew were dragged off to jail, where they spent the night while the family scrambled to make their bail.

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GOP consultant: Gruesome fake video of Democrats being massacred ‘endangers Trump more than anybody’

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Republican analyst Rick Tyler on Monday insisted that President Donald Trump is at greater risk due to a fake video which shows him massacring members of the media and prominent Democrats.

Tyler made the remarks in reference to a video that was shown at Trump's Miami resort during a three day conference supporting the president.

In the mock video, Trump appears to murder his perceived foes, which include members of the media and public officials.

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