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Gay teacher suffered harassment at his New Jersey school for being a foster parent: lawsuit

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A New Jersey teacher who is gay says his coworkers almost daily engaged in discriminatory behavior, and now he’s suing. Joseph Longo III says he was told he should “find a woman,” or “just get another pet” rather than continue to serve as a foster parent, NJ.com reports.

He says he was denied a family personal day to take his foster child to the doctor. He says he even was told he didn’t deserve it, that he was not a “real parent,” and was also told he needed to “choose between being a foster parent and his career.” He says he was told he didn’t have the same rights as a natural or adoptive parent. And he says he was told if he even submitted the request he would be “under a microscope.”

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Coworkers also told Longo, “I can’t believe they have this club,” when speaking about a high school LGBT club.

Longo says his coworkers told him he “did not know what he was doing” because he is single, and was even told to return his foster children to the state Department of Children and Families office because he “did not need this.”

Once, after two foster children left his care, the school psychologist allegedly told him, “I hope you learned your lesson, you don’t need any children.”

The lawsuit charges “harassment based upon sexual orientation, familial, status and discrimination and discrimination based upon gender stereotype.” It also alleges his coworkers engaged in “invasive and harassing questions,” NJ.com adds, “including whether he intended to adopt his foster child and if he was being paid to care for the child.”

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A coworker, the suit charges, also told Longo about another employee who “likes those LGBT’s” and “needs to focus on the kids instead of that silly LGBT stuff.”

copy of the lawsuit was posted by open records activist John Paff, who first reported on the suit.

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WATCH: CNN’s Don Lemon bursts out laughing over Trump’s new wall in Colorado

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CNN's Don Lemon typically deals with difficult and intense topics at the top of his weekly show. Wednesday night, however, after a serious opener about Syria and ISIS, Lemon broke into hysterics over President Donald Trump's flub saying he would build a border wall on Colorado's border.

"You know why we're going to win New Mexico? Because they want safety on our border. And they didn't have it," said Trump. "And we're building a wall on the border of New Mexico. And we're building a wall in Colorado. We're building a beautiful wall, a big one that really works — you can't get over, you can't get under. And we're building a wall in Texas. And we're not building a wall in Kansas, but they get the benefit of the walls that we just mentioned. And Louisiana's incredible."

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Rachel Maddow explains how Mike Pence got thrown into the impeachment scandal by Trump’s lawyers

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MSNBC host Rachel Maddow noted that Vice President Mike Pence got thrown into the impeachment scandal by President Donald Trump's own lawyers.

In a bizarre comment in court a few weeks ago, has been revealed with the release of documents. Unfortunately for Pence, it happened again. Trump's lawyers debated with judges and opposing counsel whether Trump could, in fact, shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and be prosecuted. The president's lawyers argued that not only could they not prosecute him, but they also couldn't stop him either.

But it was a key part of their argument that indicated Pence wasn't all that important.

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Trump refusing to pay for New Mexico security and barricades — while trying to change the state from blue to red

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President Donald Trump thinks he will win New Mexico. He's repeated the factoid multiple times, including to a group of oil and gas workers and executives Wednesday at a conference in Pittsburgh, PA. But he also made two significant mistakes to put that support in jeopardy.

First, the president indicated he was building his "wall" on the border of Colorado, which is north of New Mexico. It would mean that New Mexico was now part of Mexico.

Second, it was reported by the Albuquerque Journal that their city is yet another one Trump's campaign is refusing to pay for security costs.

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