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The Next America - Diversity in Brief 2012 / What You Missed

DoD: Service Members Can Wear Uniforms in LGBT Pride Parade

July 20, 2012

Experts: Campaign Reach Is Missing the Hispanic Youth Vote

Presidential campaigns are missing the mark when it comes to targeting Hispanic youth, especially with more than 50,000 Hispanics turning 18 every month, Voxxi reports. Young voters are typically not the most engaged or likely to turn out, and neither are Hispanics--the combination makes for a poor turnout, experts say. “Young voters are generally not directly spoken to during presidential races, Latino and non-Latino alike, and until that changes you can not expect those folks to be socialized to participate at a young age,” Gabriel Sanchez of Latino Decisions told VOXXI.

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DoD: Service Members Can Wear Uniforms in LGBT Pride Parade

The Department of Defense has authorized service members participating in San Diego’s LGBT Pride Festival to wear their uniforms during the parade. Previously, local commanders granted permission for their military personnel to wear uniforms during such events, but the approval from the higher authority appears to show a shift in military attitude since the federal repeal of “don’t ask don’t tell,” NBC San Diego reports.

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Death Penalty Committee in Ohio Issues Recommendations on Racial Bias

An Ohio Supreme Court committee looking at the state’s capital punishment legislation declined to include a recommendation to collect and study data to determine whether racial bias exists in death penalty cases, citing the numerous national studies that already show that is the case. The committee did pass resolutions to require prosecutors, judges and lawyers in death penalty cases to be trained in protecting against racial bias, among other recommendations.

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Chick-Fil-A President Jumps into Gay Marriage Debate

The president of popular fast-food chain Chick-Fil-A is under fire after issuing a statement that confirmed his stance that he, and his company, were against gay marriage. In the past, the chain has donated millions to socially conservative organizations. Dan Cathy’s statements have led to same-sex rights advocates to boycott the chain. Later, the company released a statement on its Facebook page, saying that the company “treat every person with honor, dignity and respect.”

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First Same-Sex Couple Wed on Military Base

Two men became the first same-sex couple to be married on a military base, ABC News reports. Tech Sgt. Erwynn Umali married his partner Will Behrens in a civil union in June at a base in New Jersey. The couple were both previously married to women and have two children each.

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