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Activist group wants to turn the Internet red by April 28 for marriage equality — here’s why

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With a week until the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a crucial case involving same-sex marriage, the activist group the Human Rights Campaign is pushing to paint Internet social circles red.

The group announced on Tuesday that it wants to get 500,000 Facebook users to turn their profile pictures red in the days leading up to April 28, when the high court hears arguments in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges. The HRC released a tool that can be used to feature a red equal sign on profile pictures for both Facebook and Twitter users.

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According to the HRC, a similar campaign in 2013 attracted enough attention to get 10 million social media users to use the symbol on their profiles in the days leading up to the court’s rulings that struck down both the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s state ban on same-sex marriages.

“For a long time, when people stood up for a cause and weren’t all physically standing shoulder to shoulder, the size of their impact wasn’t immediately apparent,” Facebook data researcher Eytan Bakshy said at the time. “But today we can see the spread of an idea online in greater detail than ever before. That’s data well worth finding.”

The case is a consolidation of similar lawsuits in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee and involves 12 couples and two widowers. It was named after James Obergefell, the plaintiff in the Ohio suit, who is arguing that the state’s refusal to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages violates the 14th Amendment. Obergefell married longtime partner John Arthur in Maryland shortly after the high court ruled that DOMA was unconstitutional.

Arthur died three months after a district judge ruled that Obergefell had the right to be listed as his surviving spouse on his death certificate.

“We did not set out to be activists,” Obergefell told NPR. “We did not set out to become a named plaintiff at the Supreme Court, nothing at all like that. We just simply wanted respect.”

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WATCH: New Zealand prime minister unfazed as quake hits during an interview

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A moderate 5.6-magnitude earthquake rattled New Zealand's North Island early Monday but failed to crack Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's trademark composure as she conducted a live television interview.

The quake struck just off the coast before 8:00 am local time (2000 Sunday GMT) at a depth of about 52 kilometres (32 miles) near Levin, about 90 kilometres north of Wellington, the US Geological Survey said.

St John Ambulance and New Zealand Police both said there were no initial reports of injuries or damage. There was no tsunami warning.

But there was sustained shaking in Wellington, where Ardern was being interviewed on breakfast television from parliament's Beehive building, which is designed to absorb seismic forces by swaying slightly on its foundations.

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US farmers are starting to worry as crop prices dip during COVID-19 crisis: ‘It’s kind of glum’

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Dave Burrier steered his tractor through a field, following a GPS map as he tried to plant as much corn as possible amid the yellow and green rye covering the ground.

Striving to get a massive yield out of his crops in rural Maryland is how Burrier hopes to make it through yet another uncertain year, beset by market disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and renewed trade tensions between the United States and China.

"We've had so much price erosion that we're basically at below the cost of production. We've got to figure out how to manage and turn a profit," Burrier told AFP.

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‘It’s the first time I’ve played golf in almost 3 months’: Trump makes excuses for golfing during coronavirus pandemic

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President Donald Trump was blasted on Sunday for playing golf during the coronavirus pandemic, a dramatic economic recession and after proclaiming churches "essential."

Instead of joining his voters sitting in the pews, Trump went for the links, which drew criticisms for the hypocrisy.

"Sleepy Joe’s representatives have just put out an ad saying that I went to play golf (exercise) today. They think I should stay in the White House at all times. What they didn’t say is that it’s the first time I’ve played golf in almost 3 months, that Biden was constantly vacationing, relaxing & making shady deals with other countries, & that Barack was always playing golf, doing much of his traveling in a fume spewing 747 to play golf in Hawaii - Once even teeing off immediately after announcing the gruesome death of a great young man by ISIS!" tweeted Trump.

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