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Rebellious moms of gay Mormon kids condemn ‘harmful rhetoric’ from church’s leader

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On Saturday, the leader of the Mormon church gave a speech denouncing gay and transgender people during his church’s annual meeting.

Mormon leader Dallin H. Oaks made provocative statements including that “gender is eternal” and said gay marriage should be illegal.

The remarks did not sit well with a group of Mormon moms who have gay kids and yet want to remain in the church. As reported by KUTV, a group called the Mama Dragons took Oaks to task on Facebook.

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“We as Mama Dragons would like to reiterate our unequivocal support of our LGBTQ children and the entire queer community. We remain committed to our mission of providing support and education to mothers and to condemning discrimination in any form. We love you. We celebrate you exactly as you are,” their statement read in part.

The group’s message was echoed by the Mormon leader of the band Imagine Dragons, who tweeted in support telling gay Mormon kids that “you are loved and perfect the way you are.”

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While the statement garnered mostly positive comments, some said that the women and their children should leave the church given its long history of anti-gay activism.

“Having ‘been there, done that,’ I can testify to you (see what I did there?) that true happiness and peace for an LGBTQ person can not be reached until they stop trying to be any part—no matter how small—of the Mormon faith,” wrote one man. “Any encouragement of them to remain involved at all is damaging and certainly not helpful.”

Disagreement in the Mormon church is not a small matter as anyone who opposes church leaders can be labeled an apostate and thrown out of the church.

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Trump’s longshot bid to win New Mexico has political leaders baffled: ‘He’s a batsh*t racist’

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Despite losing New Mexico by eight points in the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump and his campaign manager Brad Pascale are making big plans to win the state in 2020 -- and that has political observers baffled.

With Trump appearing in New Mexico on Monday night, Politico reports the president has his work cut out for him in a state that saw the GOP lose the governorship and one House seat in 2018.

"The Land of Enchantment has voted for a Republican presidential candidate only once since 1992. With a considerable nonwhite voter population and all-Democratic congressional delegation, it’s not exactly fertile ground for a surprise GOP victory," the report notes before adding that Parscale feels they can make inroads this go-around.

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Oil prices soar more than 10% after Saudi plant attacks

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Oil prices surged more than 10 percent Monday after attacks on two Saudi Arabian plants that slashed output in the world's top producer by half, with Donald Trump blaming Iran and raising the possibility of a military strike on the country.

West Texas Intermediate jumped 10.68 percent to $60.71 and Brent climbed 11.77 percent to $67.31 in early Asia trading following the blasts at facilities run by state-owned giant Aramco.

The attack by Tehran-backed Huthi rebels in neighbouring Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is bogged down in a five-year war, effectively shut down six percent of the global oil supply.

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Most top Democratic presidential candidates demand Kavanaugh’s impeachment – but not all

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Most of the top Democratic presidential candidates are issuing calls demanding U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh be impeached, after new allegations of sexual misconduct in a bombshell New York Times report late Saturday night. Most of the candidates, but not all.

Julián Castro, Saturday night at 11:25 PM:

It’s more clear than ever that Brett Kavanaugh lied under oath. He should be impeached.

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