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Supreme Court lifts hold on same-sex marriage in Idaho

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday allowed gay marriage in Idaho to go into effect by lifting a temporary hold imposed earlier in the week.

The court rejected an emergency request by the state, which is contesting a federal appeals court ruling from Tuesday that struck down the state’s gay marriage ban.

At around the same time the high court issued the order, a district court judge in North Carolina struck down that state’s gay marriage ban.

In the Idaho case, Justice Anthony Kennedy had on Wednesday temporarily prevented the appeals court ruling from going into effect and asked gay marriage supporters to file court papers in response to the state’s request.

The court action on Friday bookended a week in which the nine Supreme Court justices played a crucial role in paving the way for gay marriage in up to 11 states where it was previously illegal.

On Monday, the justices declined to hear appeals in seven different cases. By doing so, they left intact regional appeals court rulings that struck down gay marriage bans in five states. Another six states under the jurisdiction of the appeals courts were also effected.

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Separately, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco struck down the Idaho and Nevada bans on Tuesday. That ruling in turn will affect three more states within the court’s jurisdiction that have gay marriage bans: Arizona, Alaska and Montana.

Overall, the action by the two courts means that up to 35 states are likely to soon have gay marriage. Before this week there were 19.

(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Kevin Drawbaugh, Chris Reese and Marguerita Choy)

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Trump ‘will not leave his office if he narrowly loses in 2020’: Conservative columnist issues dire warning

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President Donald Trump will fight to remain in power regardless of the outcome if the 2020 election is close, a conservative columnist warned on Saturday.

Andrew Sullivan blasted Trump in New York magazine, honing in on the commander-in-chief's lying.

"For Trump, lying is central to his disturbed psyche, and to his success. The brazenness of it unbalances and stupefies sane and adjusted people, thereby constantly giving him an edge and a little breathing space while we try to absorb it, during which he proceeds to the next lie," he wrote.

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‘Veto the Cheato’: Americans gathered nationwide for #ImpeachTrump rallies

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Frustrated Americans on Saturday attended #ImpeachTrump rallies from coast-to-coast.

The rallies were organized by MoveOn, Indivisible, Democracy for America, the Women's March, Credo and other progressive organizations.

Over 140 events were held nationwide.

[caption id="attachment_1513038" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Map of #ImpeachTrump rallies in the contiguous United States.[/caption]

Many attendees took the time to create hand-made protest signs, while others held printed banners.

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‘Weakness doesn’t win elections’: Indivisible co-founder explains why members are holding #ImpeachTrump rallies

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The growing support to commence impeachment proceedings by House Democrats is driven by their need to fire up grassroots support to hold control of the chamber, an Indivisible co-founder explained on MSNBC.

"The call for impeachment continues. this as protesters are hitting the street in more than 140 rallies planned across the country. Organizers say the "Impeach Trump" event is a day of action urging House Democrats to start impeachment proceedings," MSNBC's Richard Lui reported Saturday.

"A new survey from the indivisible project finds 80 percent of their respondents say the House should start impeachment proceedings," he noted. "Right now in the House, 63 Democrats and one Republican support impeachment."

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