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Kentucky will not appeal ruling on recognizing out-of-state same-sex marriages

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(Reuters) – Kentucky will not appeal a U.S. federal court ruling that orders it to recognize the legal same-sex marriages of residents who wed elsewhere, state Attorney General Jack Conway told reporters on Tuesday.

Conway said a decision made last month by a federal judge was correct and an appeal would be tantamount to defending discrimination.

“It’s about placing people above politics,” he said at his office in Frankfort.

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U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II ruled on February 27 that Kentucky laws that deny the marriages of same-sex couples “violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution, and they are void and unenforceable.

The decision was part of a string of court victories for gay rights advocates, who are trying to overturn bans on same-sex marriage that are on the books in every state in the deep South.

Seventeen U.S. states and the District of Columbia recognize gay marriage. The trend has gained pace since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that legally married same-sex couples nationwide are eligible for federal benefits.

(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz in Texas and Tim Ghianni in Tennesee; Editing by Scott Malone and Leslie Adler)

[‘Happy Gay Couple Getting Married On The Playground Of A Park’ on Shutterstock]

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How the pandemic pulled back the curtain on the flawed global economic system

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When the wealthiest country in the world is unable to produce basic medical gear to cope with a rampaging pandemic, it is dealing with a strategic vulnerability by depending on multinational supply chains to produce manufactured goods. Absent sufficient redundancies and physical reserves of resources, “just-in-time” lean supply systems can’t cope with sudden disruptions. The global pandemic of 2020 is a case in point.

This pandemic continues to unfold, but it will serve as the D-Day equivalent of a new predominating economic model for the world, and which in many ways was beginning to take shape before COVID-19. At its core, developed and mixed market economies will factor in the health risk and growing military cost of sustaining international supply chains against investing in high-tech production closer to their markets, and increasingly export their goods to the rest of the world.

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OANN reporter attended White House briefing — despite ban for violating public health

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One America News Network, a far-right news channel that consistently praises President Donald Trump, saw their key reporter Chanel Rion banned from the White House press briefing room by the White House Correspondents Association for repeatedly refusing to follow social distancing guidelines and showing up on days she wasn't in the rotation.

But according to correspondent Yamiche Alcindor, that hasn't stopped Rion from attending the press briefings — because White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham keeps inviting her back anyway.

Wow. CNN, MSNBC & Fox News are not covering the WH briefing live.

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Trump predicts Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will beat Chuck Schumer in 2022 New York Senate primary

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President Donald Trump weighed in on the 2022 New York state senate primary in a letter sent to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

Trump thanks Schumer for his "Democrat (sic) public relations letter and incorrect sound bites, which are wrong in every way.

The leader of the free world said of Vice President Mike Pence that, "by almost all accounts, he has done a spectacular job."

"If you spent less time on your ridiculous impeachment hoax, which went haplessly on forever and ended up going nowhere (except increasing my poll numbers), and instead focused on helping the people of New York, then New York would not have been so completely unprepared for the 'invisible enemy,'" he argued.

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