A local newspaper in Texas removed references to a gay couple in their mother’s obituary, citing ”religious and ethical reasons,” Fox News 4 reports.
Barry Giles and John Gambill, who have been married for 31 years, say the Olto, Texas paper scrubbed references to Gambill after Giles’ mom died. The couple had included both their names in the obituary they sent to Giles’ hometown paper, writing “those left to cherish her memory include her son, Barry Giles and his husband, John Gambill of Dallas.”
The decision left the couple distraught.
“It wiped John completely off the picture like he didn’t exist,” Giles said
“She’s like my second mom, you know,” Gambill told Fox News 4.
“We’re human beings like anyone else,” Giles said. “We have feelings. We have relationships, whether he agrees with them or not.”
Gambill said he confronted Phillip Hamilton, the newspaper publisher, asking why his name was excluded from his mother-in-laws obituary. Hamilton replied, ‘Because I wanted to.’”
“Of course, I had a few choice words to say to him,” Gambill told Fox News 4.
In a statement, Hamilton defended his decision to leave out Gambill’s name and relationship to Giles.
“It is my religious conviction that a male cannot have a husband,” Hamilton said. “It is also my belief that to publish anything contrary to God’s Word on this issue would be to publish something in the newspaper that is not true.”
“The newspaper respects the First Amendment rights of those who express such opinions,” Hamilton said. “The newspaper’s decision to edit the obituary is both ethical and lawful. It would be unethical to publish a news item that is known by the editor to be false. Based on the truth found in the Word of God, I could not in good conscience identify Mr. Gamabill as the husband of Mr. Giles.”
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Trump supporter arrested for child abuse after striking 12-year-old girl with a flagpole: report
A Florida man was arrested this week after he was caught on video assaulting a 12-year-old girl with a flag pole, the Florida Times-Union reports.
Norbert Eugene Logsdon Jr. was charged Wednesday with abuse of a child without great bodily harm. He was subsequently released in bail.
The incident was captured on video by the child's mother and was posted to Facebook. She and her daughter were driving past a sidewalk pro-Trump demonstration when the mother yelled something antagonistic to the Trump supporters. That's when Logsdon shoved the flagpole through the open right-front passenger window.
Medical expert doubts Trump’s claim every American will have a COVID vaccine by April: ‘I don’t see how that’s possible’
Speaking on CNN this Friday, professor of tropical medicine, Dr. Peter Hotez, pushed back on President Trump's claim that every American will have access to a coronavirus vaccine by April.
According to Hotez, there's "just too many unknowns right now" for Trump or any other administration official "to make such a statement.
Even if the vaccines currently in development work, "we don't have the details on the distribution," he added.
"There's going to be a lot of unknown questions," he continued. "We have to really take it in stages."
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‘That is not true’: MSNBC cuts away from Trump’s press briefing after he claims Biden is anti-vaccine
During a press briefing at the White House this Friday, President Trump touted the coronavirus vaccine currently in development, preemptively calling it “successful” and saying that it will save “millions of lives.”
While making his comments, Trump took a dig at Joe Biden, claiming he espouses "anti-vaccine theories" and he's "putting a lot of lives at risk" for "political reasons."
Trump's words prompted MSNBC's Ayman Mohyeldin to cut away from the briefing and issue a fact check.
"Obviously there's no evidence of that -- that is not true," Mohyeldin said.
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