News Round-Up: June 14, 2019

Some news items you might have missed:

• International pop star Ricky Martin shirtless selfie (above). What else do you really need to know? Oh, and he just helped kill a ‘religious freedom’ bill in Puerto Rico.

• Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled state Senate killed a proclamation recognizing Pride Month. So, LGBTQ ally Gov. Tom Wolf attended a Pride event and read his own proclamation.

• Right-wing Christian activist Dave Daubenmire surprised many this week when he warned straight men that “masturbation is a form of homo sex.” According to the activist, “You’re having sex with yourself. It’s a male having sex with a male. That’s homo sex.”

• The official White House twitter account for real shared a photo of Donald Trump accosting an American flag in recognition of Flag Day:

• Donald Trump continues his history of not paying his bills as his campaign still owes the District of Columbia over $7 million for costs related to his inauguration.

• Authorities have arrested a Florida Chick-fil-A owner and operator on two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation involving a 15-year-old girl. Pinellas County Sheriff deputies say that Heather Matuszek gained the trust of the girl while acting as a youth leader at the Clearwater Community Church.

• Speaking with Fox & Friends, Donald Trump wouldn’t commit to supporting his own Vice President, Mike Pence, in the 2024 election. “You can’t put me in that position.”

• Taylor Swift dropped a new track in time for Pride Month titled, “You Need To Calm Down,” complete with lyrics that take a none-too-veiled swipe at homophobes and a shout-out to GLAAD.

In the song, Swift sings, “You are somebody that we don’t know / But you’re comin’ at my friends like a missile / Why are you mad when you could be GLAAD? / Sunshine on the street at the parade / But you would rather be in the dark ages / Makin’ that sign must’ve taken all night.” Hit the play button below.

Archdiocese Declares Bankruptcy Saving Assets From Molestation Abuse Lawsuits

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has filed for bankruptcy protecting millions in assets from molestation abuse lawsuits.

Via the Star Tribune:

The move freezes lawsuits against the church, protecting the archdiocese from creditors while allowing it to develop a reorganization plan. It also halts three abuse trials scheduled to begin Jan. 26.

The archdiocese is facing more than 20 lawsuits, with another 100 pending.

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Not everyone welcomed the move, including Twin Cities victims’ attorney Patrick Noaker, whose client’s lawsuit against the Rev. Thomas Stitts was to go to trial Jan. 26. He said he was disappointed “the archdiocese chose to file bankruptcy rather than have the facts exposed at trial.”

“Bankruptcies do not protect kids,” said Noaker in a written statement. “Trials and disclosures help protect kids. The Archdiocese’s bankruptcy filing just one week before officials would have to testify in a public court with television cameras is not the conduct of an organization committed to transparency and protecting kids.”