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Obama’s get-out-the-vote director sued to keep underprivileged white woman out of law school

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Editor’s note: The purpose of this special series is to further reveal the extremist and often Marxist ideology of many persons Barack Obama has chosen to surround himself with. Their ideologies, revealed through frequent ideological exploitation of legitimate concerns of many Americans, are diametrically opposed to America’s traditional life and family principles. Ben Johnson gathered this information in late 2009 but shares it for the first time now. This is part three of a series. Read part one and part two of the series.

CHICAGO, November 2, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Talk about a war on women. Buffy Wicks, who leads the national get-out-the-vote effort for President Obama’s re-election campaign, sued to keep an underprivileged woman from attending the University of Washington law school – because the woman is white.

Court documents list “Buffy Jo Christina Wicks” as one of 13 students at the University of Washington who attempted to join an ACLU lawsuit against Katuria Smith.

Smith, the child of a teenage mother and an alcoholic father, drifted from her broken home through a series of borderline jobs with little inspiration. High school teachers remember Smith as a poor student who skipped school to drink.

Her father’s sudden death caused her to reform. She enrolled in a community college, got solid grades, and ranked in the 94th percentile on the LSAT. She turned down out-of-state offers – because she couldn’t afford higher tuition – but applied to the University of Washington in 1994. 

When the school turned her down because of her skin color, she sued

Columnist Nat Hentoff said in 1998 he asked the dean of the UW law school, “Would she have been accepted if the admissions committee had believed her to be black?”

”There was no hesitation, no equivocation,” Hentoff wrote. “‘Yes,’ the dean – an honest man – said. And several of the law professors nodded in agreement.”

Buffy Wicks, who grew up in California, was a senior at the University of Washington 1998. The college newspaper said she interned with the ACLU and had “plans for law school,” although she apparently never went.

By the time Smith’s case made the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Washington state voters approved Ward Connerly’s initiative to end all forms of reverse discrimination by a 58-42 margin

Wicks and a dozen other students tried to join the ACLU’s lawsuit defending the university, because they wanted to overturn Initiative Measure 200.

“I wanted to go to Berkeley, but without Affirmative Action, minority and female students don’t have much of a chance,” said Wicks. Curiously, she told a Camp Obama gathering, “I went to Berkeley for a little while” at 20:40 of this video

“It comes down to two things: either one, white people are smarter, which I don’t believe,” Wicks said, “or two, white people are advantaged from the get-go.”

The Ninth Circuit found in the university’s favor.

However, the ruling did not allow Buffy and her fellow students to join in, because they intended to legislate through the courts.

“Students stated their intent to use the present case as a vehicle for challenging the constitutionality of I-200, which would greatly widen the scope of litigation,” the ruling stated

Ultimately, the court dismissed their legal arguments as “admirable for their creativity.”

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the decision, waiting for a similar case involving the University of Michigan to wind its way up the docket. 

After being shut out of her first choice law school, Smith went to Seattle University, where she did well – but the school did not carry the same prestige as UW. “There’s a big difference between a degree from the University of Washington and the Seattle University School of Law,” Smith told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Smith went on to graduate cum laude, clerk for Manhattan federal district court Judge Loretta A. Preska, and then marry former New York Senator Al D’Amato in 2004. The two announced they were having a baby in July 2007. 

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On February 5, 2008 – Super Tuesday – Buffy Wicks celebrated as Barack Obama won 13 out of 23 contests, putting him well on his way to becoming the Democratic presidential nominee. 

On the same day, the former Katuria Smith was rejoicing for another reason. Alfonse Marcello D’Amato was born on February 5, 2008.

Her life had found fulfillment despite the roadblocks Wicks and other liberals had thrown in her way.

This is part three of a series of articles on Obama campaign leader and former White House appointee Buffy Wicks. Read part one and part two of the series.

Ben Johnson is U.S. Bureau Chief of LifeSiteNews.com. The author of three books, Ben was Managing Editor of FrontPage Magazine 2003-10. He is also a regular on the AFR Talk network’s “Nothing But Truth with Crane Durham.” His personal website is TheRightsWriter.com, where this story is cross-posted.

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‘You can’t have’ marriage equality ‘without polygamy’

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July 3, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Motivated by the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing homosexual “marriage,” a Montana polygamist has filed for a second marriage license, so he can be legally wed to two women at once.

"It's about marriage equality," said Nathan Collier, using homosexual advocates’ term to support marriage redefinition. "You can't have this without polygamy."

Collier, who has has appeared on the TLC reality show Sister Wives with his legal wife Victoria, and his second wife Christine, said he was inspired by the dissent in the Supreme Court decision.

The minority Supreme Court justices said in Friday’s ruling it would open the door to both polygamy and religious persecution.

“It is striking how much of the majority’s reasoning would apply with equal force to the claim of a fundamental right to plural marriage,” wrote Chief Justice John Roberts.

Collier and his wives applied for a second marriage license earlier this week at the Yellowstone County Courthouse in Billings, a report from the Salt Lake Tribune said.

Collier, who was excommunicated from the Mormon Church for polygamy, married Victoria in 2000 and had a religious wedding ceremony with Christine in 2007. The three have seven children between them and from previous relationships.

"My second wife Christine, who I'm not legally married to, she's put up with my crap for a lot of years. She deserves legitimacy," Collier said.

Yellowstone County officials initially denied the application before saying they would consult with the County Attorney and get him a final answer.

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Bigamy, the holding of multiple marriage licenses, is illegal all 50 states, but Collier plans to sue if his application is denied. Officials expect to have an answer for him next week.

While homosexual “marriage” supporters have long insisted legalization of same-sex unions would not lead to polygamy, pro-life and family advocates have warned all along it would be inevitable with the redefinition of marriage.

“The next court cases coming will push for polygamy, as Chief Justice John Roberts acknowledged in his dissent,” said Penny Nance, president of Concerned Women for America, after the Supreme Court ruling. “The chief justice said “the argument for polygamy is actually stronger than that for ‘gay marriage.’ It’s only a matter of time.”

In a piece from the Washington Times, LifeSiteNews Editor-in-Chief and the co-founder of Voice of the Family John-Henry Westen stated the move toward legal polygamy is “just the next step in unraveling how Americans view marriage.”

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Chris Christie: Clerks must perform same-sex ‘marriages’ regardless of their religious beliefs

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TRENTON, NJ, July 3, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Chris Christie is not known for nuance. This time, he has turned his fiery personality loose on county clerks and other officials who have religious objections to performing same-sex “marriages.”

In a tone usually reserved for busting teachers' unions, Christie told clerks who hold traditional values, “You took the job, and you took the oath.” He would offer no exemption for an individual whose conscience would not allow him to participate in a union the vast majority of the world's religions deem sinful.

“When you go back and re-read the oath it doesn’t give you an out. You have to do it,” he said.

He told a reporter that there “might” be “individual circumstances” that “merit some examination, but none that come immediately to mind for me.”

“I think for folks who are in the government world, they kind of have to do their job, whether you agree with the law or you don’t,” the pugnacious governor said.

Since the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to legalize homosexual “marriage” last Friday, elected officials have grappled with how to safeguard the rights of those who have deeply held religious beliefs that would not allow them to participate in such a ceremony.

Christie's response differs markedly from other GOP hopefuls' responses to the Supreme Court ruling. Mike Huckabee, for instance, has specifically said that clerks should have conscience rights. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal signed an executive order granting such rights and ordered clerks to wait until a pending court case was fully adjudicated before any clerk issues a marriage license to a homosexual couple.

Christie gave up a legal appeal after a superior court judge struck down his state's voter-approved constitutional marriage protection amendment. New Jersey is the only state where such a low court overturned the will of the voters.

The decision to ignore conscience rights adds to the growing number of Christie's positions that give conservatives pause.

The natural locus of support for a Christie 2016 presidential run is the Republican's socially liberal donor class, for personal as well as political reasons. His wife works on Wall Street, and some of the GOP's high-dollar donors – including Paul Singer – have courted Christie for years.

However, this year Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and to a lesser degree Scott Walker have eclipsed Christie as the preferred candidates of the boardroom donors – who sometimes prefer Democrats to Republicans.

Christie also used language during a speech before the Republican Jewish Coalition last year, which concerned some major GOP donors.

Christie is reportedly spending this weekend with Mitt Romney and his family at Romney's New Hampshire home. Romney declined to enter the 2016 race himself and may be able to open his donor list to Christie's struggling campaign.

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After having a girl with Down syndrome, this couple adopted two more

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LINO LAKE, MN, July 3, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – For most people, having five biological children would have been enough. In fact, for many Americans, large families are treated as a scandal or a burden.

But one family made the decision, not just to have a large family, but to give a home to some of the most vulnerable children in the world: Girls born overseas with Down syndrome.

Lee and Karen Shervheim love all seven of their children, biological or otherwise. Undeterred by having twin boys – Daniel and Andrew, 18 – they had Sam four years later.

They now have three daughters who are all 11 years old. All three have Down syndrome.

And two of them are adopted.

About the time their eight-year-old son, David, was born, Lee and Karen decided to adopt a child with Down syndrome to be a companion to their daughter, Annie.

They made the further unexpected choice to adopt a child from Eastern Europe with the help of Reece's Rainbow, which helps parents adopt children with Down syndrome.

“Between my wife and I, we couldn’t get it out of our heads,” Lee told the Quad City Press. “So many children need families and we knew we could potentially do something about it.”

After originally deciding to adopt Katie, they spent six weeks in Kiev, visiting an orphanage in nearby Kharkov. While there, they decided they may have room in their heart, and their home, for another child.

When they saw a picture of Emie striking the same pose as their biological daughter in one of their photographs, they knew they would come home with two children.

Both girls were the same age as their Annie. She would not lack for companionship, as they worried.

Lee said after the Ukrainian government – finally – completed the paperwork, they returned to the United States, when the real challenges began.

“The unvarnished truth,” Lee told the Press, is that adopting the Russian-speaking special needs children “was really disruptive to our family. They came with so many issues that we had not anticipated.”

After teaching them sign language and appropriate behavior, they moved to Lino Lake, Minnesota and found a new support group in Eagle Brook Church. There they found personal assistance and spiritual solace.

Every year in the past seven years has been better and better, they say.

“I think my girls can do almost anything they want to do,” he said, “and that’s what I want to help them become.”

The family's devotion is fueled by their faith, and it informs the sense of humor Lee showed in a tweet during the 2014 midterm elections:

It takes a special person to believe in the potential of the “mentally retarded,” as they were once labeled. Today, 90 percent of all babies diagnosed with Down syndrome in the womb will be aborted. The percentage is higher in some countries. Some have even spoken of "a world without people with Down syndrome."

Their God, and their experience, tell them that every child has infinite worth and potential, Lee told local media, and he would encourage anyone to follow his footsteps and adopt a Down syndrome child – or two.

“The message is that it really doesn’t matter where you started or where you came from,” Lee said. “There are endless opportunities for everyone, whether they have disabilities or not. They deserve a shot.”

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