With SCOTUS Decision On Same-Sex Marriage, You Knew Lawyers Would Soon Jump On THIS

When newly legalized matrimony ends in bitter, irreconcilable acrimony for same-sex couples, there’s now a law firm ready to handle divorce cases for gay and lesbian partners whose bliss has gone amiss. And what could be the nation’s first practice with attorneys who specialize in LGBTQ divorce has popped up in, of all places, the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia.

Yes, yes, I know we’ve all heard about legal action taken by same-sex couples against bakers and photographers who refuse them service; but when a gay or lesbian couple is ready to sue each other for legal separation, they can cruise on over to a just-launched website called Adam Vs. Steve. There, attorney J. Conor Corcoran has announced the formation of a new division of his law practice “devoted entirely to LGBTQ divorce.”

(By the way, if you’re not familiar with the new five-letter and not the old four-letter reference to non-straight persons, LGBTQ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer.)

On the Adam Vs. Steve website, the divorce-focused attorney Corcoran is described as a “staunch Democrat and social liberal” who’s realistic enough to face the fact that, just like what happens with heterosexual couples, same-sex marriages will sometimes not work out…and Corcoran wants the LGBTQ community to know he’s there when they don’t.

Like many LGBTQ community supporters, attorney J. Conor Corcoran celebrated Friday’s Supreme Court decision that upholds marriage equality throughout the United States.

But proud as he is of the upcoming boom in gay matrimony, Corcoran knows that some of this wedded bliss will end in acrimony. That’s why he has launched a new division of his law practice, devoted entirely to LGBTQ divorce.

As the local CBS TV station in Philadelphia noted in its report on what could be the country’s first gay divorce firm, the lawyer heading up the practice claims the name for his website was inspired by what he says were insults aimed at gay couples.

“I realized that there really is a certain kind of empowerment and benevolence in taking what was formerly a derogatory term or a denigration and turning it into some matter of empowerment. And it’s for a good service. These people are entitled to equal rights just like the rest of us.”

So, with the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling that same-sex couples have a new, constitutionally protected right to legally marry in every state in the union, the justices have also created a new opportunity for other legal eagles to provide counsel for — some might say swoop down and feed off the remains of — LGBTQ couples whose marriages were not, so to speak, made in heaven.

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WARNING: This Sort Of Shock Video Could Become Commonplace With More Police Body Cams

ADVISORY: THE VIDEO ACCOMPANYING THIS STORY CONTAINS EXTREMELY GRAPHIC IMAGES AND MAY BE DISTURBING TO SOME. VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.

Ever since the shooting death of Michael Brown by Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson, there’s been an increasing number of calls for the use of body cameras by law enforcement in big cities as well as small towns. Only a few weeks ago, the Obama administration began a program to study the impact of having officers routinely wear body cams to record interactions with the public, especially with people suspected of crimes or those with whom the officer may have a controversial encounter.

As reported by USA Today, the Justice Department is putting up tens of millions of dollars toward the purchase of some 50,000 body-worn video cameras.

“Body-worn cameras hold tremendous promise for enhancing transparency, promoting accountability and advancing public safety for law enforcement officers and the communities they serve,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said.

However, as the video associated with this report graphically shows, what those police body cams capture can also hold the tremendous potential for exposing the public to shocking, even horrifying, scenes.

The New York Daily News reports that a 47-year-old Texas man was caught on body-mounted cameras worn by two police officers as he pulled a gun on the cops, who then dropped the man in a hail of bullets. It all happened on May 31st, starting inside a restaurant in Palestine, Tx., then moving outside, where the man is seen drawing a gun that turned out to be a BB pistol.

Identified as James Bushey of Elkhart, Tx., the man was supposedly wanted for questioning in connection with the theft of beer from a nearby store. What appeared at first to be an incident-free detention of the suspect in the restaurant’s bathroom quickly escalated into a fatal confrontation.

Ater an investigation by police and prosecutors, the two officers involved in the fatal shooting were cleared of wrongdoing and the recording of their actions was released. You can watch what happened by clicking on the video above.

ADVISORY: THE VIDEO ACCOMPANYING THIS STORY CONTAINS EXTREMELY GRAPHIC IMAGES AND MAY BE DISTURBING TO SOME. VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.

What do you think? Is it good that the footage from police body cams is released to the public so we can all see just what happened in cases like this? Weigh in on the conversation by commenting below.

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Confederate Flag Cleansing Frenzy Continues With What This Golf Champ Just Vowed To Do

Earlier this week, Western Journalism told you how the classic television show Dukes of Hazzard has been dropped by the cable network TV Land because the iconic car the Duke boys drove around had a Confederate flag painted on its top. The show was canned by the net that carries programs such as The Brady Bunch and Leave It to Beaver, not because the characters were racist or the story lines depicted racist themes, but because of a symbol atop the show’s familiar 1969 Dodge Charger — a symbol that is now the target of what could be called a relentless PC purge.

It was back in the mid 1980’s when CBS stopped production of Dukes of Hazzard with its “Good Ol’ Boys” theme song performed by Waylon Jennings. A big fan of the show later stepped up and bought one of the official vehicles used in the filming — one of the General Lee cars. That fan was pro golfer and two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson.

Now the third-ranked golfer in the world, Watson let his fans and followers know on Thursday that he would not keep the classic car and TV star in its original condition. The news broke big on social media after Watson tweeted his plan for painting over the Confederate flag on the General Lee and replacing it with an American flag.

Image Credit: Twitter/@bubbawatson

Image Credit: Twitter/@bubbawatson

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Image Credit: Twitter/@DavidNelsonNews

According to a report in the Pensacola News Journal, Bubba Watson bought the General Lee at auction: “Watson became the proud owner of the General Lee 01 in 2012 after spending $110,000 at auction to win the iconic orange 1969 Dodge Charger used by the Duke brothers in the popular 80s TV show ‘Dukes of Hazzard.’”

Reaction on social media to the pro golfer’s decision to remove the Confederate flag from the vehicle was mixed, with many people questioning or criticizing the move to fundamentally transform a piece of TV history.

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There’s no word, as yet, on whether Bubba Watson will also eliminate from the General Lee the name “General Lee,” which, of course, refers to Robert E. Lee, the commanding general and brilliant tactician of the Confederate Army.

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Bakery Owners Who Refused Lesbian Wedding Service Just Told What State Will Do To Them

For Melissa and Aaron Klein — owners of a small, family-run bakery in Sandy, Or. — Thursday was not a day for baking a cake in celebration of a victory for their First Amendment rights. In fact, it may have been the day that will be remembered for having forced the Kleins to power down the ovens and turn out the lights of their business, Sweet Cakes by Melissa.

As The Blaze reports, The Oregon Labor Commissioner — citing Oregon law that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation — has issued a final order imposing a whopping fine on the Kleins.

“The owners of an Oregon bakery that refused to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple were ordered Thursday to pay $135,000 ‘in damages for emotional and mental suffering resulting from the denial of service.’”

After learning they would be fined $135,000 for declining the lesbian couple’s wedding cake order, the Kleins posted a message on the Facebook page for their business — a message that, as of this writing, has gotten well over 9,300 likes. The Kleins pledge they will not give up the fight, saying they are “here to obey God not man.” An image of the entire Facebook post appears below.

Image Credit: Facebook/Sweet Cakes by Melissa

Image Credit: Facebook/Sweet Cakes by Melissa

A GoFundMe page that had been set up for donations to help support the Kleins was shut down. However, through another online donation site called Continue to Give, people are now stepping up frequently and generously with pledges toward the fundraising goal of $150,000.

On the website for their bakery, the Kleins say they’re still in business, still baking cakes that are “custom made and designed to fit you.” As for their wedding services, the wording on the website for Sweet Cakes is explicit and leaves no doubt about their stance on traditional marriage.

“We here at Sweet Cakes strongly believe that when a man and woman come together to be joined as one, it is truly one of the most special days of their lives….”.

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WATCH The Insane Thing That Happens When A Thrashing Shark Capsizes Fisherman’s Boat

When it comes to big fish stories, here’s one about the monster that didn’t get away…though, quite possibly, you might think that an angler in his right mind would have gladly let it go.

Sharks have been in the news quite a lot lately. Seven reported shark attacks in shallow coastal waters off North Caroline over the past few weeks have vacationers keeping a very close eye on the surf. And when Western Journalism shared a Tennessee woman’s self-made video about how to avoid shark attacks — a video called “Summer Safety Tips” that’s been viewed close to 6 million times — people who watched the very entertaining piece about a very serious subject went wild with appreciation.

Now, another video about a determined fisherman’s wild experience off Florida when a bull shark as big as his kayak took the bait and took the man for a scary ride. Fox News identifies the intrepid angler as Capt. Ben Chancey, who had to swim for his life when the 8-foot fish thrashed about and capsized the small boat.

However, once Chancey swam to the safety of a nearby vessel and caught his breath, he got right back on the horse, so to speak, hopped back into his kayak, and reeled in the shark that was still on his line. After besting the beast, Chancey reportedly let it go.

You can watch the insane recording of this dangerously close encounter by clicking on the video above.

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