LGBT refugees from South Sudan, Uganda and DR Congo protest to demand protection at the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Nairobi. Photo: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images

Kenya's High Court ruled to uphold laws that criminalize gay sex and relationships on Friday, the BBC reports.

Why it matters: The decision upholds the status quo across much of Africa after the court decided that criminalizing gay sex does not violate Kenya's updated 2010 constitution, "which guarantees equality, dignity, and privacy."

Details: The ruling follows a 2016 lawsuit from LGBTQ activists, who argued that "matters of intimacy" should not be regulated by the state. Gay sex — and by extension, gay relationships — are punishable by up to 14 years in prison.

The other side: "The LGBT community in Kenya have created an amazing tribe and culture for themselves," Brian Macharia, an activist for the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya, told the BBC. "There is a ballroom scene, a drag scene — vibrant bisexual community, a lesbian scene. Young people are driving the community forward through social media."

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Biden: The next president should decide on Ginsburg’s replacement

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Joe Biden is calling for the winner of November's presidential election to select Ruth Bader Ginsburg's replacement on the Supreme Court.

What he's saying: "[L]et me be clear: The voters should pick the president and the president should pick the justice for the Senate to consider," Biden said. "This was the position the Republican Senate took in 2016 when there were almost 10 months to go before the election. That's the position the United States Senate must take today, and the election's only 46 days off.

Trump, McConnell to move fast to replace Ginsburg

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President Trump will move within days to nominate his third Supreme Court justice in just three-plus short years — and shape the court for literally decades to come, top Republican sources tell Axios.

Driving the news: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans are ready to move to confirm Trump's nominee before Election Day, just 46 days away, setting up one of the most consequential periods of our lifetimes, the sources say.

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