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5 Diversity Items for June 21

Southern Baptists say gay rights aren't equal to civil rights; Romney aids cut short press call after questions on immigration and more.

Southern Baptists Say Gay Rights Aren’t Equal to Civil Rights

The Southern Baptist Church this week passed a resolution specifying its opposition to comparing gay rights to civil rights, reports. The resolution, passed just a day after the church elected its first black president, declares marriage as between a man and a woman. Though the church acknowledges that gays and lesbians experience “unique struggles,” it is not considered to be "distinguishing features of classes entitled to special protections."

Read more here.


Romney Aids Cut Short Press Call After Questions on Immigration

Mitt Romney’s campaign press aids abruptly ended a Wednesday morning phoner with media after the first three questions from reporters were about Romney’s views on immigration, the New York Times reported.

The conference call with reporters was organized to discuss what the campaign called President Obama’s “record of failure on the economy.”

Lanhee Chen, Romney’s policy director, and Tom Stemberg, the founder of Staples and a long time supporter of the presidential hopeful, anchored the call, according to the Times.

Both gave opening statement on recent economic statistics, including a recent report by the Labor Department that job openings in April fell by the most in nearly four years.

Read more here and here.

Rubio, Univision Bury the Hatchet

After a years-long spat, Univision’s Jorge Ramos spoke with Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. in a wide-ranging and, at times, testy interview that aired on Tuesday, the station reported on Wednesday.

Rubio spoke about the Dream Act, his position on immigration, and his recently released autobiography. The men also discussed the story that sparked the contention between Rubio, whose is a possible vice presidential running mate for Mitt Romney, and the largest Spanish-language media outlet in the country.

Read more here and here (in Spanish).

Obama Campaign Releases Ad Promoting Support of Women’s Rights

President Obama’s campaign released a television ad today promoting the Lily Ledbetter Act, the first bill he signed into law. The legislation made it easier for women to sue their employees for pay discrimination and is airing in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia.

Read more here.


Cafe Con Cumbia

On Tuesday, Starbucks began featuring the sounds of Latin indie rock, electro-cumbia, and other alternative sounds with the release of a new compilation CD, Cafe Con Musica, Univision reported. The album, which will be played and sold at coffee shops nationwide, features 16 artists, including rockers Aterciopelados and the funk-fusion group Los Amigos Invisibles, and will be available through July 16.

Read more here.

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