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Wyoming’s top court asked to fire circuit court magistrate who refuses to perform same-sex marriages

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Circuit court magistrate and municipal judge Ruth Neely declared in 2014 she would never perform same-sex marriages due to her religious beliefs, even if it was legalized.

“When law and religion conflict, choices have to be made,” she reportedly said.

After the Supreme Court overturned bans on same-sex marriage, Neely made good on her threat. So, the Wyoming Commission on Judicial Conduct and Ethics filed a complaint against her for violating six rules of judicial conduct. The case alleges prejudice based on sexual orientation, improper behavior for giving the interview where she declared her intentions and refusing to uphold the rule of law, according to the Casper Star Tribune.

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The commission threw Neely a bone and essentially agreed to forget the whole thing if she admitted she was wrong and wouldn’t do it again. She refused, doubled down and said she’d fight on. So, in May, the commission suggested the Wyoming Supreme Court intervene.

Neely and her attorney asked the state Supreme Court to reject the Commission’s suggestions and requests, but Friday, the Wyoming Supreme Court agreed that the case will be heard, according to the Associated Press.

Unlike in the case of officials like Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis, who refused to give out marriage licenses, judges are tasked with performing the union. There is no “deputy” in their case that can step in. Yet, despite making the “deputies can do it” argument, Kim Davis was still held in contempt of court, and a federal judge declared that contempt still holds today.

A similar case was just decided in Alabama, where anti-LGBT Judge Roy Moore was suspended by his state’s Supreme Court for also denying to perform same-sex marriages and encouraging other judges to also refuse to do so.


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China vows to retaliate for Trump’s Rose Garden press conference — and could impose new sanctions on America

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US President Donald Trump said Tuesday he was ending preferential trade treatment for Hong Kong and had signed into law an act that authorises sanctions on banks over China's clampdown in the international finance hub.

In a discursive news conference dominated by attacks on his domestic rivals, Trump declared himself to be the toughest president ever on China, a country he is increasingly positioning as his nemesis ahead of November elections.

Trump announced that he had issued an executive order on Hong Kong as he predicted decline for the restless city, on which Beijing recently imposed a tough new security law.

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Trump’s former White House doctor Ronny Jackson wins GOP runoff for Congress in Texas

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With 100% of polling locations reporting, though some mail-in ballots will still need to be counted, Jackson held a lead of 11 percentage points over Josh Winegarner, a veteran agriculture expert and lobbyist. Jackson and Winegarner were competing for a seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Clarendon, who is retiring and held the seat since 1995.

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As her big brother was dragging their 14-year-old half brother into the 2020 campaign, senior White House advisor Ivanka Trump was endorsing a line of canned food products.

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