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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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It'll likely be a long time before children are vaccinated against COVID-19, even though vaccinating kids could eventually play an integral role in reducing the virus' spread.

The big picture: None of the leading contenders in the U.S. are being tested for their effectiveness in children. Even once one of them gains authorization from the Food and Drug Administration, there will only be a limited number of available doses.

Progressives bide time for a Biden victory

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Progressive Democrats want to beat President Trump so badly that they're tabling their apathy about Joe Biden — organizing hard to get him into office, only to fight him once elected.

Why it matters: That's a big difference from 2016, when progressives’ displeasure with Hillary Clinton depressed turnout and helped deliver the White House to Trump.