Texas Attorney General: Christian Clerks Are Allowed to Discriminate Against Gay Couples

Liberals have long maintained that if gay marriage were legalized, pastors would not have to perform those ceremonies and their churches wouldn’t be obligated to host gay weddings. Now that marriage equality has gone nationwide, conservatives are doing anything they can to put up hurdles to gay and lesbian couples who may want to take advantage of the new reality.

In Texas today, Attorney General Ken Paxton (below) released a statement saying that government workers who have religious reasons for discriminating against gay couples are allowed to treat them like second-class citizens:

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What an Incredible Podcast This Is…

A few weeks ago, my wife and I took a trip to California and spent several hours driving across the state to various places. We normally listen to podcasts in the car and I had downloaded Dan Carlin‘s Hardcore History in advance. I wasn’t sure why I downloaded it, other than I had heard good things about it and wanted to know what all the buzz was about.

I wasn’t expecting much. I never enjoyed my history classes in school. And the six most recent episodes of this podcast — each of which was a few hours long and had been published over a span of nearly two years — covered nothing but World War I.

On the surface, that sounded like torture to me. More than 20 hours listening to the details of a war that took place a hundred years ago? Shoot me now.

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Thrice-Married Donald Trump: “I’m for Traditional Marriage”

During an interview that took place before Friday’s Supreme Court decision but aired this morning, CNN’s Jake Tapper asked GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump what he would say to gay and lesbian couples who think of him as a hypocrite for being married multiple times while claiming to advocate for traditional marriage:

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Anti-Gay Christian Has Questions for Marriage Equality Supporters, But He Doesn’t Care to Hear Your Answers

Samuel James is the Communications Specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (of the Southern Baptist Convention). The last time we talked about him, he was telling Christians not to call out fellow Jesus-followers when they did something awful/embarrassing because it would hurt the brand.

His most recent post, about the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling, is equally pathetic.

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Unvaccinated Child in Spain Dies from Diphtheria

Earlier this month, I posted about a couple in Spain that didn’t get their six-year-old vaccinated even though it would have been free. That child was later admitted to the hospital with diphtheria, which hadn’t been seen in the country since 1986.

The parents later said that they were “tricked” by anti-vaccination groups and would have gotten the vaccination if they just had proper information.

But it’s too late now. I’m sorry to say that the child died yesterday morning:

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