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‘Parody marriages’: Kansas Republican lawmakers’ bills attacks same-sex relationships as fake

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Republican legislators in Kansas are continuing to attack same-sex couples despite the United States Supreme Court decision recognizing marriage equality.

“A handful of Kansas lawmakers are backing a bill that labels same-sex marriages ‘parody marriages’ and seeks to stop the state from recognizing them,” The Wichita Eagle reports.

“Another bill would create an ‘elevated marriage’ for straight couples and make divorce more difficult in some cases. That bill also describes same-sex marriages as parody marriages,” the Eagle noted.

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The bills were introduced only months after Kansas elected the state’s first openly gay legislators.

“I am very disappointed,” said Rep. Susan Ruiz (D-Shawnee), the state’s first out lesbian in the chamber.

“I see who the co-sponsors are and I sit with a couple of them in committee and I’m certainly going to talk to them about that and say, ‘Hey, I don’t know if you know about it or not, but I’m not a myth… Am I a unicorn?'” she continued.

The organization Equality Kansas also condemned the legislation.

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“Every year, we see bills that restrict, remove, and limit the rights of LGBT Kansans, but never have we seen this level of extremist vitriol laid out in legislative language,” argued Tom Witt, the group’s director. “These bills combined are 18 pages of insults and name calling.”

“Fred Phelps would be proud,” he added, referring to the leader of the Westboro Baptist Church.


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Secret Service asks for jet skis to protect Trump family during Mar-A-Lago vacations

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The U.S. Secret Service has asked for two jet skis to use while protecting President Donald Trump and his family during visits to their vacation homes.

The federal law enforcement agency formally requested funds to purchase the vehicles, which typically cost more than $10,000, after Secret Service agents had rented the watercraft with their own personal money, reported The Daily Beast.

“President Trump and his family spend several weeks throughout the year in (Mar-A-Lago) FL and Hamptons NY," the request reads. "The first family is very active in water sports. Several family members along with their guest participate in open water activities for which USSS Special Agent Rescue Swimmers are responsible.”

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BUSTED: NC GOP senator announces retirement after getting caught on video gerrymandering his district

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North Carolina Republican state Sen. John Alexander has announced that he will not seek re-election after he was caught trying to gerrymander his own district.

Alexander made the announcement on Thursday after he was seen on video Wednesday making changes that would have made his district a safe Republican seat while representing many Democrats in the Raleigh area.

The changes were pointed out on Twitter by John Bisognano, executive director of National Democratic Redistricting Committee.

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Bernie Sanders just lost an important progressive endorsement to Elizabeth Warren

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The Working Families Party, a progressive political party that endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for president in 2016, has now endorsed Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) for president.

The New York Times reports that the labor-aligned organization's members overwhelmingly backed Warren's candidacy.

A spokesperson for the party tells the Times that "tens of thousands" of party members backed Warren's candidacy and that she received 60 percent of votes on the first ballot.

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