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Extra! Gay Marriage Legal In Alabama, But Still Blocked By Most Judges

A federal ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in Alabama took effect Monday. But in up to 52 of the state's 67 counties, most judges refused to go through with processing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples, the International New York Times reports in its issue Tuesday.

Chief Justice Roy S. Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court ordered Alabama's judges to disobey the legalization. The Times reports that the order escalates "a legal showdown that echoed the battles over desegregation here in the 1960s."

Marriage licenses to same-sex couples were however issued "quickly" in some of the state's largest cities such as Birmingham, Huntsville and Montgomery.

ABOUT THE SOURCE: The International New York Times is the global edition ofThe New York Times, which was founded in 1851. The global edition was formerly called the International Herald Tribune, which was originally founded in 1887 as the Paris Herald, the European edition of the New York Herald.

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The Trumpian Virus Undermining Democracy Is Now Spreading Through South America

Taking inspiration from events in the United States over the past four years, rejection of election results and established state institutions is on the rise in Latin America.

Two supporters of far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro dressed in Brazilian flags during a demonstration in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Bolsonaro supporters dressed in national colours with flags in a demonstration in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on November 4, 2022.

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Carlos Ruckauf*

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BUENOS AIRES — South Africa's Nelson Mandela used to say it was "so easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build."

Intolerance toward those who think differently, even inside the same political space, is corroding the bases of representative democracy, which is the only system we know that allows us to live and grow in freedom, in spite of its flaws.

Recent events in South America and elsewhere are precisely alerting us to that danger. The most explosive example was in Brazil, where a crowd of thousands managed to storm key institutional premises like the presidential palace, parliament and the Supreme Court.

In Peru, the country's Marxist (now former) president, Pedro Castillo, sought to use the armed and security forces to shut down parliament and halt the Supreme Court and state prosecutors from investigating corruption allegations against him.

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