Obama’s Treasury Seizing Tax Refunds From Adult Children To Pay Parents’ Social Security Debts

Shakedown: Treasury Now Seizing Tax Refunds From Adult Children To Pay Parents’ Decades-Old Social Security Debts – Hot Air


When I say “debts,” I don’t mean loans that the parents willingly sought from SSA. It would be bad enough to hold a kid responsible for that (since when are children responsible for their parents’ obligations?), but at least it would have been voluntarily incurred by mom/dad. The “debts” here are overpayments of Social Security benefits, the product of SSA’s own errors. The parents who received them might not have even realized they were getting money they weren’t supposed to have. And now, somehow, it’s junior’s problem.

But wait. It gets worse.

When [Mary] Grice was 4, back in 1960, her father died, leaving her mother with five children to raise. Until the kids turned 18, Sadie Grice got survivor benefits from Social Security to help feed and clothe them.

Now, Social Security claims it overpaid someone in the Grice family – it’s not sure who – in 1977. After 37 years of silence, four years after Sadie Grice died, the government is coming after her daughter. Why the feds chose to take Mary’s money, rather than her surviving siblings’, is a mystery…

“It was a shock,” said Grice, 58. “What incenses me is the way they went about this. They gave me no notice, they can’t prove that I received any overpayment, and they use intimidation tactics, threatening to report this to the credit bureaus.”…

Social Security officials told Grice that six people – Grice, her four siblings and her father’s first wife, whom she never knew – had received benefits under her father’s account. The government doesn’t look into exactly who got the overpayment; the policy is to seek compensation from the oldest sibling and work down through the family until the debt is paid.

SSA insists that they did send notice – to a P.O. Box that Grice hasn’t owned for 35 years, even though they have her current address.

How can they demand restitution for a mistaken payment made in the late 1970s, let alone from someone who didn’t even receive it? Because: The farm bill that passed in 2011 lifted the 10-year statute of limitations on debts owed to the feds. Treasury has collected more than $400 million since then on very old obligations, many of them below the radar of public scrutiny because the amounts are often small enough, i.e. a few hundred dollars, that the targets find it’s cheaper to pay up than to fight. It’s a shakedown, based on the flawed assumption that a child not only must have benefited from the overpayment to his parent but that he/she received the entirety of the benefit, with little proof offered that the debt even exists. (One man who was forced to pay demanded a receipt from SSA affirming that his balance was now zero. The SSA clerk told him he’d put in the request but that the man shouldn’t expect to receive anything.) The only reason you’re hearing about Grice’s case, I think, is because they went after her for thousands, not hundreds, of dollars, which was enough of a hit to make her get a lawyer. Turns out that the feds had seized and then continued to hold her federal and state refunds, an amount greater than $4,400 – even though they were only demanding $2,996 from her to pay off her father’s debt. Lo and behold, once WaPo found out and started asking questions, the $1,400 excess was promptly returned to her. Amazing how fast bureaucracy can move when someone looks behind the curtain.

The whole thing is Kafkaesque – opaque, oppressive, arbitrary, and sinister in its indifference to making sure the right person pays so long as someone does. After reading the story, it’s not obvious to me what’s stopping Treasury from demanding a payment from every taxpayer whose parents are dead. If the chief witnesses are gone and the feds don’t have to prove that a child actually received any benefits from overpayment, the only “check” on this process is SSA’s willingness to tell the truth about who owes them money and how much. You trust them, don’t you?

Exit question from Karl: Isn’t holding children responsible for their parents’ retirement debts the governing model of the Democratic Party?

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Leftist Intolerance Update: Obama Regime Wins Fight To Have Christian Home-School Family Deported

Team Obama Wins Fight To Have Christian Home-School Family Deported – Weasel Zippers

The Romike family doesn’t have the values the Administration wants for legal immigration.


Via Fox News

Uwe and Hannelore Romeike came to the United States in 2008 seeking political asylum. They fled their German homeland in the face of religious persecution for homeschooling their children.

They wanted to live in a country where they could raise their children in accordance with their Christian beliefs.

The Romeikes were initially given asylum, but the Obama administration objected – claiming that German laws that outlaw homeschooling do not constitute persecution.

“The goal in Germany is for an open, pluralistic society,” the Justice Department wrote in a legal brief last year. “Teaching tolerance to children of all backgrounds helps to develop the ability to interact as a fully functioning citizen in Germany.”

On Monday, the Supreme Court declined to hear the Romeike’s appeal – paving the way for the Christian family of eight to be deported.

“I think this is a part of the Obama administration’s overall campaign to crush religious freedom in this country,” said Michael Farris, chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association. His organization is representing family.

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Christians Vow Civil Disobedience If Home-School Family is Deported – Townhall

Christians in an east Tennessee community are vowing to engage in civil disobedience if the Obama administration initiates deportation proceedings against a Southern Baptist family from Germany who sought asylum in the United States so that they could home school their children.

“It may require civil disobedience with this bunch,” said Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.), who represents the congressional district where the Romeike family lives.

“I am furious about this,” the congressman told me. “You’ve got law-abiding people who did everything right who simply want to home school their kids. We used to be that great shining city on a hill. There’s some rust on that city if we are doing free people this way.”

Roe was among many Tennesseans outraged over the Supreme Court decision not to hear the Romeike’s appeal to stay in the United States. The Christian couple sought asylum in 2008 after they fled Germany so they could home school their children.

The family was initially granted asylum, but the Obama administration objected – claiming that German laws that outlaw homeschooling do not constitute persecution.

“The goal in Germany is for an open, pluralistic society,” The Justice Department wrote in a 2013 legal brief. “Teaching tolerance to children of all backgrounds helps to develop the ability to interact as a fully functioning citizen in Germany.”

Rep. Roe told me the Justice Department needs to “butt out.”

“I don’t know what the Germans are thinking, but we’re not Germany,” he said. “I don’t want to be Germany. I don’t want to be Europe. I want to be America. And right now we’re not acting very much like the America I know with the administration we have.”

Roe called Attorney General Eric Holder “one of the most dangerous people in the country” and called his department’s assault on the Romeike family “appalling and worrisome.”

“I don’t see this as a Democrat or Republican issue,” he said. “It’s an issue of religious freedom. By golly, if we don’t stand for what, what do we stand for?”

Michael Farris, the chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association, is representing the family. He said their future in the United States rests with the Obama administration.

“President Obama has the ability to say they can stay,” Farris said. “He can take that pen and piece of paper and make this right today.”

But since that hasn’t happened there are two possible outcomes for the Romeikes and their six children.

Farris said the administration could just ignore the family and let them live in peace. But the government could also file an order of deportation. If that happens, Farris promised a vigorous fight.

“If they come after this family and seek deportation orders, we will be there with our litigation team fighting every step of the way,” he said. “It sounds like their friends and neighbors will be there in a show of solidarity and stand in the gate and prohibit the government from acting.”

And Farris isn’t speaking figuratively. A number of the Romeike’s neighbors in Morristown, Tenn. told me they are prepared to engage in civil disobedience should government agents try to deport the family.

“The Romeikes have become a part of our family,” said Dean Haun, the pastor of First Baptist Church of Morristown, where the family attends. “I don’t think there’s any question that there will be some people who will be willing to stand with them to the very end – even if it means our imprisonment.”

The Southern Baptist pastor said should that day come, he would be counted among the local residents willing to go to jail to save the family from deportation.

“If that’s what it took, yes,” the pastor said. “This is an assault in the face of Christianity in America.”

“This is one of those situations where we are just outraged,” he said. “We are angered.”

He said the Romeikes are beloved in the east Tennessee town – where Uwe is the church pianist as well as an ordained deacon.

“They are not on welfare,” he said. ‘They are not trying to live off our system. They are very productive, godly, Christian people.”

Roger “Sing” Oldham, a spokesman for the Southern Baptist Convention, told me he was deep distressed by the Obama administration’s actions.

“I’m not sure what’s more chilling – that this administration views their presence in rural east Tennessee as a threat to our nation’s economic and political well being or that this administration lobbied to deport this family to a nation determined to coercively indoctrinate the children in government sanctioned ‘tolerance’ training,” Oldham said.

Oldham said the case is simply perplexing.

“This family is the antithesis of this administration’s political agenda – a heterosexual married Christian couple desiring to teach their biblical values to well-grounded children,” he said. “For whatever reason, our government does not want them in our nation.”

State Rep. Tillman Goins told me the community is “up in arms.”

“Everybody in Morristown knows the Romeike family,” he said. “You have a family who is doing it the legal way, taking every legal step they can to ask to come to this country and to participate as citizens in this country – only to be persecuted by the United States.”

Goins introduced a resolution calling on Tennessee’s congressional delegation to defend the family.

“I don’t know if all religious liberty is under attack in this country,” he said. “It seems like Christian values are under attack more than any other religion.”

Should the day come when the immigration agents show up to take the family away, Goins said he would meet them at the front door.

“Let’s hope that it doesn’t get to that point,” he said. “(But) should it come down to it – absolutely.”

And Morristown Mayor Danny Thomas would be standing alongside the state lawmaker.

“I can tell you this – I would stand with them,” he said. “There has to be a way to work this out before it ever comes to that.”

The mayor said there are no finer folks in his town than the Romeikes.

“They are good citizens without a doubt,” he said. ‘I don’t think you’ll find anyone with a better work ethic – kind, gentle people. I know that he has deep religious beliefs and he wants to stay and so does his family. I would hope our country would be able to accommodate them. They are an asset to our country.”

Farris predicted that if the Romeikes are deported, it would spark a movement among religious liberty supporters.

“If they come for this family, it’s going to ignite a movement that’s going to be the same as when they told courageous Rosa Parks to go to the back of the bus and she wouldn’t go,” Farris said.

“I think we may be approaching a similar moment in our country.”

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Conservative Senators Cruz and Lee Introduce State Marriage Defense Act

Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee Introduce State Marriage Defense Act – Gateway Pundit

Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee introduced legislation today that would allow states to set their own standards as to what defines marriage.


Breitbart reported:

On Thursday, U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced S. 2024, the State Marriage Defense Act, which allows states to set their own standards as to what defines marriage and protects the states from having the federal government encroach on that territory.

Thirty-three states define marriage as the union between one man and one woman.

Cruz stated:

I support traditional marriage. Under President Obama, the federal government has tried to re-define marriage and to undermine the constitutional authority of each state to define marriage consistent with the values of its citizens. The Obama Administration should not be trying to force gay marriage on all 50 states. We should respect the states, and the definition of marriage should be left to democratically elected legislatures, not dictated from Washington. This bill will safeguard the ability of states to preserve traditional marriage for [their] residents.

Lee echoed:

How a state should define marriage should be left up to the citizens of each state. It is clear the Obama administration finds the principles of federalism inconvenient in its effort to force states to redefine the institution of marriage. The State Marriage Defense Act provides an important protection for states, respecting the right to choose for themselves how each will treat the institution of marriage under the law.

Meanwhile… A federal judge struck down Virginia’s ban on gay marriage on Thursday.

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Obama Family Discovered To Be Part Of Secret Muslim Terror Operation (Walid Shoebat)

Obama Family Discovered To Be Part Of Secret Muslim Terror Operation – Walid Shoebat

The Obama family’s legacy – although most today would not even consider saying it – will one day be etched in history books under the heading, “How a family of terrorists fooled America”. They have promoted Wahhabist interests in Saudi Arabia and were the greatest supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.


……………….Sayyid Obama, Barack Obama, and Malik Obama.

And now more damning evidence reveals the Hamas financing connections of President Obama’s brother, Malik Obama, adding further to what we previously disclosed. The Islamic Dawa Organization (IDO) Malik Obama helps lead as Executive Director, is a member organization of “The Union of Good” (UG), which the U.S. Treasury designated as “Terrorist”.

The official website for UG still shows the IDO of Malik and his boss Suar al-Dhahab as being an official member organization in the coalition. UG is an umbrella organization that represents over 50 Islamic fundraising groups worldwide and was designated by the U.S. Department of Treasury as a terrorist entity under Executive Order 13224:

NAME OF ENTITY ADDED ON 11-12-08 UNION OF GOOD (a.k.a. 101 DAYS CAMPAIGN; a.k.a. CHARITY COALITION; a.k.a. COALITION OF GOOD; a.k.a. ETELAF AL-KHAIR; a.k.a. ETILAFU EL-KHAIR; a.k.a. I’TILAF AL-KHAIR; a.k.a. I’TILAF AL-KHAYR), P.O. Box 136301, Jeddah 21313, Saudi Arabia

This authorizes the U.S. government to block the assets of organizations and individuals that provide financial support to terrorist organizations. According to the U.S. Department of Treasury, Hamas leadership founded the UG in 2000 shortly after the inception of the second Intifada with the purpose of facilitating the transfer of funds to Hamas.

But how could this happen if his brother is U.S. President?

Now for the damning evidence. According to the UG website’s home page, the two main photos of its two greatest leaders are #1 president of its organization Yusuf al-Qaradawi (the unwavering supporter for Hezbollah, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad) and the #2 man is none other than Suar al-Dhahab, Malik Obama’s direct boss.

Yusuf al-Qaradawi and Suar al-Dahab on Union of Good Homepage.


“AKAs: Charity Coalition, Coalition of Good I’tilaf Al-Khair I’tilaf Al-Khayr 101 Days Campaign, Etelaf Al-Khair” (see Dept of Treasury)

…………………Malik Obama and his IDO boss, Suar al-Dahab.

On the Trustees list, Yusuf al-Qaradawi is also listed as #1 President and Suar al-Dhahab is #2 as vice-president (if you use Google translate here, you’re likely to see al-Dahab’s name translated into English as ‘gold bracelet’ due to Arabic names having specific meanings).

…………..Qaradawi and al-Dahab: #1 and #2 on UG Trustees list.

On UG’s Contributing Institutions page, one of the partners listed is Malik Obama’s IDO:

………………….Malik Obama’s IDO listed as UG Contributor.

Islamic Dawa Organization (aka Islamic Dawa Association)*

*Note: The U.S., Wikileaks and Israel err by calling it “Association” when it should be “organization” (Munazamat). The Arabic is correct (Munazzamatal-Da’waal-Islamiia) from the U.S. but the Arabic is incorrect from Israel (Munazzamat Al-Dawa Al Islamic). It should read “Munazamat Al-Dawa Al Islamia”.

The website even provides the method to donate that includes all the affiliated organizations, even Malik’s IDO, with contact information to send the contributions for Hamas:


While IDO funded Hamas throughout the years, it still does and is still part of the coalition of the UG (Union of Good). Again, the U.S. Treasury Department has designated the Union of Good – a worldwide collection of charities headed by global Muslim Brotherhood leader Yusuf al-Qaradawi – as a terrorist entity as a result of its fund-raising activities on behalf of Hamas. This designation is also in Israel. (see #19 and also here)

The IRS granted a terror funding outfit the ability to operate under a 501(c)(3) and the worst part is we’re talking about the brother of the U.S. President. Everything we reported adds up; the Obama family, to include Grandmother Mama Sarah, Uncle Sayid Obama, Cousin Musa Ismail Obama and now Malik Obama, is part of a clandestine team that funds terrorism. Some questioned the links we provided, complaining that we only provided limited websites of Malik’s IDO. The fact is, there is a plethora of forums and religious websites (some very prominent). There are also universities and even sports clubs raising funds for Hamas and asking donors to send the money to the Sudan’s IDO. To show the volume of websites, we included but a few below.


Lois Lerner: Signature at bottom of Malik Obama’s tax-exempt approval letter.

I rest my case regarding this wretched family.


IDO donations linked to Hamas:
Star Times: http://www.startimes.com/f.aspx?t=13819399
Islamweb, perhaps the most prominent: http://www.islamweb.net/ramadan/index.php?page=article&lang=A&id=126792
Muslim.org is a major Muslim website: http://www.muslm.org/vb/showthread.php?159804-%5F%5F%5F%5F%5F-%5F%5F%5F%5F%5F%5F%5F%5F-%5F%5F%5F


Koora (Forum): http://forum.kooora.com/?t=14018915

Almuslim (Forum): http://almuslem.com/vb/archive/index.php/t-7669.html (this one says, “donate for Palestine” on 12/9/09)
http://www.jazan4u.com/vb/archive/index.php/t-41559.html (called by Yusuf al-Qaradawi in 2006)
http://www.cksu.com/vb/archive/index.php/t-25567.html (King Saud University)

Be my guest and use Google Translate.

Here are a few more links for those who need more information:

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Obama’s Al-Qaeda Allies Pre-K And Kinder Jihad Training Program – Conservative Infidel


In the mind of those who are obsessed with killing, it’s never too earlier to start your children down that path.

This is the four-year-old son of one of the al-Qaeda “freedom fighters” allied with Barack Obama and John McCain. He’s already learning how to shoot the enemy and the infidels before he can even read. There might be a shortage of books in his village, but thanks to America’s arming of our enemies, there’s plenty of bullets to go around.

These are the moderates that John McCain was so insistent on us helping with arms and “humanitarian aid” so they could overthrow the Syrian government. Is this really the kind of people we want to help run a government?

McCain has assured us these are moderates. Perhaps the radical elements start their children out at age three.

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Scumbag Felon Sues Families Of People He Killed While Driving Drunk

Scumbag Felon Sues Families Of People He Killed While Driving Drunk – Weekly Vice

David Belniak, a 38-year-old man who was sent to prison for killing three people during a drunken car crash, has now decided to remedy the situation by suing the victims’ families.

According to Spring Hill police, Belniak reportedly crashed into the back of a vehicle that was stopped at a red light on Christmas day, 2007. Belniak never hit the brakes, slamming into the victims’ car at a speed of 75 to 85 mph. Three people inside the victims’ car died as a result of the accident. A fourth victim was injured, but survived the crash.


Investigators quickly determined that Belniak was at fault and that he had both drugs and alcohol in his system at the time of the accident. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison last August after pleading guilty to three counts of DUI manslaughter.

Belniak is now suing the victims and their families, claiming that the accident was not his fault, demanding compensation for his pain and suffering as a result of the accident. Belniak’s attorney has stated that the driver of the vehicle, who died at the scene, caused the crash by making a last minute lane change.

Florida Troopers maintain that the victim’s vehicle was stopped at a red light and that Belniak had alcohol, Xanax, and cocaine in his system at the moment the accident occurred.

The family is working to counter-sue Belniak in civil court.

Records show that Belniak has been arrested on several DUI charges over the last few years. In one case, officers found a gallon of the intoxicant GHB, commonly known as the “date rape” drug, while searching his vehicle. He served 17 months in prison for trafficking the drug. He also hit and killed a pedestrian in 1994. He was not charged in that case.

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Left-Wing Activist Judge Rules Against Law Defunding Planned Parenthood, Forcing Indiana Residents To Pay For Abortions

Left-Wing Activist Judge Rules Against Law Defunding Planned Parenthood, Forcing Indiana Residents To Pay For Abortions – Indianapolis Star

Medicaid patients in Indiana again can visit Planned Parenthood after a federal judge Friday put on hold a law cutting off the health provider’s funding.

U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt ruled that the defunding law violates federal Medicaid rules and “will exact a devastating financial toll on PPIN and hinder its ability to continue serving patients’ general health needs.”

Planned Parenthood of Indiana had to shut its doors to about 9,300 Medicaid clients Tuesday and contemplated closing some of its 28 health centers after the state cut off its Medicaid funding May 10.

“We are of course delighted and relieved with the judge’s ruling on defunding,” said Betty Cockrum, president of Planned Parenthood of Indiana. “We will once again get to open our doors to Medicaid patients across the state of Indiana.”

She said the clinics will be reopened to Medicaid patients today.

Pratt also put on hold a provision of the law that would have taken effect July 1 requiring doctors to tell patients seeking abortions that a fetus can feel pain at 20 weeks or less. But she temporarily upheld a part of the law requiring doctors to tell patients that life begins at fertilization.

The injunction means the defunding and fetal pain measures cannot be enforced while she is hearing Planned Parenthood’s legal challenge to the law.

Bryan Corbin, a spokesman for the attorney general’s office, said the state likely will seek a review of Pratt’s ruling by the federal appeals court in Chicago.

Jane Jankowski, spokeswoman for Gov. Mitch Daniels, said he would not issue a statement on the ruling.

The injunction only places a temporary hold on enforcement of the parts of the law challenged by Planned Parenthood. Both the state and Planned Parenthood will make legal arguments before Pratt about whether parts of the law should be thrown out or allowed to stand.

But Pratt’s ruling is an ominous sign for the state’s prospects in the larger court case.

The injunction disappointed Indiana Right to Life, which lobbied strongly for the law’s defunding provision.

“Today’s ruling goes against the will of the Indiana legislature and against the will of the people of Indiana, as they’ve elected those legislators to represent them,” said Cathie Humbarger, communications director for Indiana Right to Life.

Neither the sponsor of the bill, Rep. Eric Turner, R-Cicero, nor the sponsor of the defunding provision, Sen. Scott Schneider, R-Indianapolis, could be reached for comment late Friday evening. Schneider and other supporters argued that abortion opponents should not have their tax dollars sent to an organization that provides abortions. They also questioned Planned Parenthood’s claim that none of those dollars directly subsidize abortion.

Pratt said in her ruling that she found no evidence of “inappropriate commingling” of private funds used for abortion with Medicaid funds used for birth control, tests for sexually transmitted diseases and cancer screenings.

Right to Life, however, was not convinced. Humbarger said she thinks the abortions provided by Planned Parenthood every year – about 5,500 – are subsidized with taxpayer dollars.

“We’re confident that Indiana’s right to defund Planned Parenthood will eventually be upheld in the courts,” Humbarger said.

A federal judge has halted enforcement of a law cutting off funding to Planned Parenthood of Indiana and other entities that provide abortions.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt on Friday night means Planned Parenthood, which stopped serving its 9,300 Medicaid patients last week after running out of donated funds, can again see those patients.

The judge also enjoined a part of the law that would have taken effect July 1, requiring doctors to tell patients seeking abortions that a fetus can feel pain at 20 weeks or less.

Both were part of an anti-abortion bill that passed the Republican dominated legislature with significant support and was signed into law by Mitch Daniels.

Pratt’s injunction means the two provisions cannot be enforced while she is hearing a lawsuit, brought by Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union, arguing that those parts of the law should be struck down.

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Most Americans Still Believe In Traditional Marriage, Poll Reveals

Most Americans Still Believe In Traditional Marriage, Poll Reveals – Christian Post

A national marriage survey commissioned by a conservative legal group found that 62 percent of Americans believe that marriage should be defined as a union between a man and a woman. The numbers, the survey director said, mirrors the millions of Americans in 31 states who voted in favor of constitutional marriage amendments.

Despite several other polls which show the national opinion is trending toward favoring legalizing gay marriage, the poll sponsored by the Alliance Defense Fund shows the exact opposite – Americans still strongly support traditional marriage.

The poll simply asked respondents if they strongly agreed, agreed or disagreed with the statement, “I believe marriage should be defined only as a union between one man and one woman.” The survey was completed by 1,500 adults ages 18 and older.

The survey summary asserts that 53 percent strongly agree with the statement while another 9 percent said they agreed with statement. Together 62 percent agreed they supported a traditional definition of marriage.

Only 35 percent of respondents disagreed.

Gene Ulm, Public Opinion Strategies partner and survey director, said the national survey’s overwhelming support for traditional support is “not surprising.” Unlike the other national polls, Ulm said this poll closely reflects the voters themselves.

“More than 63 million Americans in 31 state elections have voted on constitutional marriage amendments. Forty million Americans in all … have voted to affirm marriage as a union between a man and a woman,” he said in a statement.

Attorney Brian Raum noted that the survey also affirms what he and other counselors at the Alliance Defense Fund have seen in court.

“This survey, along with the nearly 80 percent win rate in ADF marriage cases, shows the opposition has created an illusion of momentum, but not a real base of support or track record of victory in the courts.”

Surveys showing a change in support for gay marriage emerged after President Barack Obama announced in February that his administration would no longer assert the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act

The 1996 federal law, enacted under the Clinton administration, defines marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman for purposes of all federal laws, and provides that states need not recognize same-sex marriages from another state.

National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown disputed the early results from a Washington Post-ABC poll, pointing out that it used the word “illegal” and implied that same-sex couples would be arrested for entering into a gay marriage. In that March poll, 44 percent said gay marriage should be illegal while 53 percent said it should be legal.

However, as more polls came out from gay rights group Human Rights Campaign, and pollster companies Gallup and Pew, each showing increasing support for same-sex marriage, some Christian leaders began to concede that the culture was in fact changing.

Dr. Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, stated earlier, “I think it’s clear that something like same-sex marriage is going to become normalized, legalized and recognized in the culture … It’s time for Christians to start thinking about how we’re going to deal with that.”

Focus on the Family Chief Executive and President Jim Daly told World Magazine that when it comes to the battle for traditional marriage, “We’re losing on that one, especially among the 20- and 30-somethings.”

This latest poll gives conservative leaders hope because ADF attorney Raum said it affirms what real voters believe about marriage.

“Americans strongly affirm the lifelong, faithful union of a man and a woman as the fundamental building block of civilization,” he said.

Of the survey’s respondents, 43 percent were under the age of 45. Seventy-eight percent of respondents were white, 11 percent were African-American and 11 percent were Hispanic or of Spanish-speaking background. A mix of land-line and cell phone numbers were used.

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Girls Selling Lemonade To Raise Money For Sick Toddler’s Operation Robbed

Girls Selling Lemonade To Raise Money For Sick Toddler’s Operation Robbed – Weekly Vice

Gage Allen Turner, 20, and Amber Michelle Umbarger, 21 were jailed after they allegedly robbed a 13-year-old’s lemonade stand. A lemonade stand that was set up to raise money for a toddler who suffers from birth defects.

There’s a special place in hell reserved for these two parasites.

According to the Houston County Sheriff’s Office, 13-year-old Chelsea Edwards and two of her friends were selling lemonade Saturday to raise money for her 2-year-old cousin, Logan Varnadoe.

Logan was born with part of his brain missing and is also suffering from hernias and gastro-intestinal problems. The child has endured several surgeries due to his medical issues and requires ongoing treatments.

He and his family were scheduled to be flown from Georgia to Cincinnati for advanced treatment. The lemonade sales were meant to help pay for the family’s travel and the child’s medical expenses.

Investigators say while the children were selling lemonade, a couple approached their stand and inquired about the cost of the lemonade. Turner spotted the jar full of money (approximately $130), grabbed it, and sped off in the vehicle, leaving his girlfriend behind.

The woman, later identified as Umbarger, was apprehended at the scene. Turner, was arrested on Tuesday at around 3:00 a.m. He was found inside a vacant apartment.

The victim’s grandmother stated that the seventh grader has been very distraught over the incident. She stated that the child has been depressed and has also had trouble sleeping at night over the incident.

Neighbors and friends have been chipping in to try and replace the stolen cash. Donations are being accepted at a website set up on the family’s behalf. The family reportedly received more than $3,000 within 12 hours of the story airing on local television.

Umbarger and Turner were booked into jail and charged with three counts of robbery by sudden snatching. Both suspects remain in custody, pending initial court appearances Thursday.

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