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Washington (AFP) – An appeals court in the U.S. for the first time upheld a ban on same-sex marriage Thursday, bucking a trend and likely sending the issue back to the nation’s highest court.

The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit determined the U.S. Constitution did not prohibit states from defining marriage as between one man and one woman.

The appeals court covers four states in the middle of the country: Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky.

The decision runs counter to a trend of U.S. courts on all levels ruling in favor of same-sex marriages.

Last month, the U.S. government said it recognized same-sex marriage in six new states, increasing the total to 32 and the District of Columbia.

Thursday’s ruling against same-sex marriage will almost surely be petitioned to the Supreme Court, which recently decided not to consider other same-sex cases.

In the 2-1 decision handed down Thursday, the court ruled that while the definition of marriage was clearly changing in America, court rulings weren’t the appropriate way to make the change.

America’s federal system makes states to be “laboratories of experimentation” allowing “one State to innovate one way, another State another,” the ruling said.

The court suggested that state-focused system made democratic processes such as voting the best method for change.

Direct democracy allows respect for gay individuals and for opponents of gay marriage, the court said.

“When the courts do not let the people resolve new social issues like this one, they perpetuate the idea that the heroes in these change events are judges and lawyers,” the ruling said.

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Trump adviser Rudy Giuliani on ITV's Good Morning Britain

Have you missed Trump counselor Rudy Giuliani lately? Maybe not. How about former Murdoch journalist and ardent Trump sycophant Piers Morgan? You may not even remember him, although he once had a CNN talk show.

But Rudy and Piers are still out there – and on Thursday morning they got into a furious tussle on British ITV, where Morgan hosts a morning show.

A man who knows which way the wind is blowing, Morgan dared to criticize Trump for inflaming public anger with stupid tweets about the George Floyd demonstrations. That enraged guest Rudy, who insisted that everything Trump has done was perfect and that he is simply the victim of "left-wing media," a category in which he laughably included Morgan.

The ensuing verbal fisticuffs are a pleasure to watch, as Morgan informs Giuliani that he's deranged and Giuliani, in Trumpish style, mocks Morgan's weak US ratings. (Voices start to rise around 3:30.)

Enjoy!