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Catholic minister fired for ‘liking’ friends’ marriage post

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A report from an ABC affiliate reveals that a campus minister for the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland lost his job after he “liked” a friend’s post about their same-sex marriage.

Keith Kozak was a campus minister at Cleveland State University. He claims that “liking” the friend’s post, as well as a 2017 post at another friend’s same-sex wedding, triggered the termination.

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“I really wasn’t even thinking about it at the time, that it would be anything detrimental,” Kozak told WEWS TV about the incident “[It] really feels discouraging that this is still happening.”

Kozak was questioned by his supervisor and a member of the Diocese’s human resources team about a week ago. While he initially assumed it might be about an expected promotion, the questioning quickly turned to his social media.

“They sat me down and they said we had seen some things on Facebook and Twitter and that would like to talk to you about that,” said Kozak.

“The very next day, I received a letter that said I was terminated,” he added.

The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland refused to discuss the incident, beyond citing the ministerial exception to anti-discrimination laws in their hiring practices.

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Kozak is gay and Catholic, but his termination has raised doubt for him.

“It’s a wake-up call that I didn’t really realize the Catholic Church would act like this,” he said.

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‘A slam-dunk-case’: MSNBC analysts predict GOP will defend Trump — and ‘the guy is going to get off’

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More evidence was outed Sunday as the Wall Street Journal revealed emails from EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland, who promised to keep the White House abreast of President Donald Trump's demand for an investigation by Ukraine. The news prompted an MSNBC panelists to explain that it wouldn't matter how much evidence was presented, Republicans will never vote to remove Trump.

Host Geoff Bennett asked about the witness testimony and preponderance of evidence that "all points in one direction at this point, that President Trump orchestrated this entire" Ukraine investigations.

"It's a slam dunk case, and yet we know the guy is going to get off," said Los Angels Times White House reporter Eli Stokols. "That's effectively what you're saying. Because all the testimony has lined up so closely, the fact that [EU Ambassador Gordon] Sondland has come to come in, and because testimony from [Ambassador Bill] Taylor and others, has had to change testimony, Republicans have no choice -- the president has no choice but to try to dismiss the entire thing as partisan."

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President helped ‘increase anti-Trump turnout’ in red-state governor’s races — which could spell disaster for the GOP

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President Donald Trump was once the Republican Party's greatest asset in an election, mobilizing thousands of supporters to rush to the polls. Recently, however, it seems he's now driving anti-Trump votes up so much that it may no longer be worth the Trump trouble.

“So you’ve got to give me a big win, please,” Trump told a Louisiana crowd this week before the GOP candidate lost the governor's race in a red state.

“What Trump did in Louisiana was increase voter participation. While he increased the pro-Trump turnout, he also increased the anti-Trump turnout. That’s kind of the lesson here,” polling analyst Ron Faucheux told The Washington Post in an interview.

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Fire holds off Hong Kong police at campus as democracy protests escalate

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A large fire held off an apparent police advance on the Hong Kong campus where hundreds of pro-democracy protesters were holed up early Monday, hours after officers warned they may use "live rounds" if confronted by deadly weapons in a dangerous escalation of the near six-month crisis engulfing the city.

Protests have rocked the global financial hub since June, with many in the city of 7.5 million people venting fury at eroding freedoms under Chinese rule.

China has repeatedly warned that it will not tolerate the dissent, and there have been concerns that Beijing could send in troops to put an end to the spiralling unrest.

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