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Diversity in Brief - June 14 Edition

June 14, 2012

Church groups urge Congress to find better solution for illegal immigration; report reveals deeper insight of Hispanic Millenials; study reveals wage gap between female and male research-physicians and more.

Church Groups Urge Congress to Find Solution for Illegal Immigration

More than 150 evangelical leaders across the nation publicly announced their support for an immigration overhaul, shifting away from the conservative party line's harsh stance on the issue. Tom Minnery, the senior vice president of policy for evangelical group Focus on the Family urged Republican leaders to find a compromise that would allow illegal immigrants to "come out of the shadows."

The move to support immigration reform may stem from the groups' recognition that their followers are also experiencing a shift in demographics: A larger percentage of churchgoers are now Hispanic, the New York Times reports.

 

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Report Reveals Deeper Insight of Hispanic Millenials

The majority of Hispanics Millenials--those aged 18 to 29--prefer to use mostly or only English in their everyday lives, a distinction from their older cohort who prefer to speak mostly in Spanish, according to data from Experian Simmons as reported by the Latina Lista.

“In spite of these differences, one key similarity remains – Hispanic Millennials are not giving up their connection to Latino traditions and culture... They are proud citizens of a multicultural world who enjoy sharing their heritage with Hispanic and non-Hispanic friends,” writes Latina Lista’s Marisa Treviño.

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Study Reveals Wage Gap Between Female, Male Research-Physicians

Female research physicians make $13,000 less per year than compared to men, according to a report in the journal JAMA. The study considered various elements and found that over their lifetime, women would bring home $350,000 less than men who were in similar career paths, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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California Teen Gives Graduation Speech in Spanish

A California teen gave a valedictorian speech at his high school graduation completely in Spanish, Fox News reports. The teen said he wanted to show the cultural shift that was happening in California, where 38 percent of the population is Latino.

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Major Virginia Law Firms Support Gay Prosecutor for Judgeship

Leaders from five major law firms in Richmond, Va., wrote a letter of support for Virginia prosecutor Tracy Thorne-Begland who is rumored to be considered for a District Court judgeship opening. Thorne-Begland, who is openly gay, was denied the position by the General Assembly in May, but circuit court judges are allowed to appoint a judge temporarily until the General Assembly convenes again.

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Op-Ed: Are Children from Same-Sex Couples Worse Off?

A new study by Mark Regnerus, a professor at University of Texas at Austin, concluding that children of same-sex parents actually do worse in life than others is actually a misinterpretation of data, writes Nathaniel Frank, a visiting scholar at Columbia's Center for Gender and Sexuality Law. “All these studies show is that divorce and single-parenthood raise risks for kids. Indeed, the basis of the 20-year ‘consensus’ is that two parents are better than one, not that parents have to be different genders,” Frank argues.

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