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Anti-gay W. Virginia clerk screams at lesbian couple on their wedding day and calls them an ‘abomination’

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A Gilmer County deputy county clerk had a lesbian couple in tears after calling their union an “abomination” on what was supposed to be a happy day.

Samantha Brookover and Amanda Abramovich went last week to get married, according to the Charleston Gazette-Mail. The couple had loved ones and cameras in tow.

The West Virginia couple said Debbie Allen, the deputy clerk who processed their marriage license, gave them a biblical earful. They say Allen huffed and puffed, slammed things around then yelled at them for two or three minutes about her views that what they were doing was wrong in her eyes and God’s.

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Brookover told the Gazette-Mail they were “flabbergasted and hurt and angry like you wouldn’t believe.”

It wasn’t the first time the women have been attacked for their sexual orientation, “But to have a complete stranger — someone that doesn’t know me — scream like that, it really cut down to the bone,” Abramovich said.

Allen doesn’t deny she told the couple that God would judge them but says she “talked nicely to them.”

“I just told them my opinion,” she told the paper. “I just felt led to do that. I believe God was standing with me and that’s just my religious belief.”

She added she “didn’t care to make eye contact with them.”

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Brookover’s mother, Jill Goff, said she was sad when her daughter came out because she knew she would be treated differently.

“I love her with all my heart no matter what she does,” she told the paper. “What I said to her was I hate the way people are going to treat you. That makes me sad because for the rest of your life, you’re going to have to pay a price for this.”

The newlyweds believe that Allen didn’t properly do her job.

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“Someone at McDonald’s can’t refuse to give someone a cheeseburger because they’re a heart attack risk,” Abramovich told the Gazette-Mail. “You’ve got to do your job. You can’t just scream at people.”

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Woman allegedly involved in Central Park scandal placed on leave from job: ‘We do not condone racism’

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Video circulated on social media on Memorial Day of a woman in Central Park claiming she was calling 911 to falsely claim an "African-American man" was threatening her life.

It reportedly started after he filmed her walking her dog without a leash.

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Internet sleuths worked to identify the woman. During the day on Monday, rumors of her identity spread online.

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Scientists fight online coronavirus misinformation war

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With cat photos and sometimes scathing irony, Mathieu Rebeaud, a Swiss-based researcher in biochemistry, has nearly tripled his Twitter following since the coronavirus pandemic began.

With 14,000 followers, he posts almost daily, giving explanations on the latest scientific research and, in particular, aims to fight misinformation that spreads as fast as the virus itself.

He is among a growing number of doctors, academics and institutions who in recent weeks have adapted and amplified their scientific messaging in hopes of countering what has been termed an infodemic -- a deluge of information, including widespread false claims, which experts say can pose a serious threat to public health.

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Ted Cruz doesn’t want people shamed with body bags for going to beach: ‘Please stop the hate’

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In early May, Florida attorney Daniel Uhlfelder made news by dressing up as the Grim Reaper in an attempt to scare people from crowding beaches during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Days later, he escalated by laying out body bags on the steps of the Florida capitol building in Tallahassee.

He escalated further on Saturday by announcing he would be handing out body bags to Florida beachgoers and started a fundraiser with the funds going to two progressive Political Action Committees.

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The effort caught the eye of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

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