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Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg's foreign language skills proved a big talking point on a campaign visit to South Carolina during which he opened up about his same-sex marriage Saturday.

The details: The 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, spoke of the personal impact of the Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage at an event in Columbia, saying his marriage to Chasten Glezman exists "by the grace of a single vote" in the landmark 2015 ruling, the Associated Press reports.

  • Buttigieg said doctors were treating his father for chemotherapy when his mother was told she needed a triple bypass, according to the AP. His husband was able to stay at the hospital with his mother while Buttigieg went to tell his father because Glezman "is a member of our family."

The big picture: If Buttigieg were to become the Democratic nominee, he would be the first openly gay presidential candidate from a major political party. Buttigieg also speaks French, Spanish, Italian, Maltese, Arabic and Dari, his campaign adviser Lis Smith told the BBC.

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U.S. officials: Iran and Russia aim to interfere in election

Iran and Russia have obtained voter registration information that can be used to undermine confidence in the U.S. election system, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe announced at a press conference Wednesday evening.

Why it matters: The revelation comes roughly two weeks before Election Day. Ratcliffe said Iran has sent threatening emails to Democratic voters this week in states across the U.S. and spread videos claiming that people can vote more than once.

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Supreme Court blocks Alabama curbside voting measure

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday evening blocked a lower court order that would have allowed voters to cast ballots curbside at Alabama polling places on Election Day.

Whit it matters: With less than two weeks until Election Day, the justices voted 5-3 to reinstate the curbside voting ban and overturn a lower court judge's ruling designed to protect people with disabilities during the coronavirus pandemic.

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