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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."

Go deeper: Homosexuality still criminalized in much of the world

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The biggest obstacle to a wealth tax

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Taxing the rich is an idea that's back. An "ultra-millionaire tax" introduced by Elizabeth Warren and other left-wing Democrats this week would raise more than $3 trillion over 10 years, they say, while making the tax system as a whole more fair.

Why it matters: New taxes would be a necessary part of any Democratic plan to redistribute wealth and reduce inequality. But President Biden has more urgent priorities — and Warren's wealth tax in particular faces constitutional obstacles that make it a hard sell.

House passes sweeping election and anti-corruption bill

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The House voted 220-210Wednesday to pass Democrats' expansive election and anti-corruption bill.

Why it matters: Expanding voting access has been a top priority for Democrats for years, but the House passage of the For the People Act (H.R. 1) comes as states across the country consider legislation to rollback voting access in the aftermath of former President Trump's loss.

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House passes George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

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The House voted 220 to 212 on Wednesday evening to pass a policing bill named for George Floyd, the Black man whose death in Minneapolis last year led to nationwide protests against police brutality and racial injustice.

Why it matters: The legislation overhauls qualified immunity for police officers, bans chokeholds at the federal level, prohibits no-knock warrants in federal drug cases and outlaws racial profiling.