Jun 30, 2017

German Parliament approves same-sex marriage

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Germany's Bundestag — its lower house of Parliament — approved a measure to legalize same-sex marriage today after Chancellor Angela Merkel helped to roll back her party's opposition to the measure, though she ultimately voted against it herself, per NYT.

The chancellor had notably struggled with her view, ultimately expressing a belief that marriage is between a man and a woman, but said after the vote, "I hope that with today's vote, not only that mutual respect is there between the individual positions, but also that a piece of social peace and togetherness could be created."

What's next: The measure will go to the Parliament's upper house and then for the president's signature — both considered routine — paving the way for the first same-sex marriages this fall.

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Supreme Court to hear Philadelphia case over same-sex foster parents

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The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a high-profile case that could reshape the bounds of First Amendment protections for religion.

Why it matters: The direct question in this case is whether Philadelphia had the right to cancel a contract with an adoption agency that refused to place foster children with same-sex couples. It also poses bigger questions that could lead the court to overturn a key precedent and carve out new protections for religious organizations.

Why Apple may move to open iOS

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Apple may finally allow iPhone owners to set email or browsing apps other than Apple's own as their preferred defaults, according to a Bloomberg report from last week.

The big picture: Customers have long clamored for the ability to choose their preferred apps, and now Apple, like other big tech companies, finds itself under increased scrutiny over anything perceived as anticompetitive.