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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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Republican Kevin McCarthy gets taken down by former top GOP colleague

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Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was attacked by a former Republican colleague who alleged McCarthy and his fellow members of Congress have allowed the House GOP to become the official shill for the White House.

In a profile for the New York Times, former Oversight Committee Chairman Tom Davis (R-VA) shamed the GOP House for the way that a once-respectable institution has fallen.

“Congress no longer operates as an independent branch of government, but as an appendage of the executive branch,” said Davis. “He is made for that role.”

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Former senator reveals to Maddow how one brave Democrat can reveal key document in impeachment trial

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Near the end of Wednesday's impeachment trial, Chief Justice John Roberts announced that an agreement had been made to allow senators to read supplemental testimony from Vice President Mike Pence aide Jennifer Williams.

The document will remain classified, despite claims that there is no classified material in the document, only evidence that is damning to the president.

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Florida Republican Matt Gaetz admits Trump’s legal defense was ‘like an 8th grade book report’ — only worse

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Desiderio said that Gaetz then lamented that the White House presented their case more like “an 8th-grade book report.”

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