Obama: ‘I Think Same-Sex Couples Should Be Able to Get Married’ (ABC News): President Obama today announced that he now supports same-sex marriage, reversing his longstanding opposition amid growing pressure from the Democratic base and even his own vice president.
A Watershed Move, Both Risky and Inevitable (The New York Times): President Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage on Wednesday was by any measure a watershed. A sitting United States president took sides in what many people consider the last civil rights movement, providing the most powerful evidence to date of how rapidly views are moving on an issue that was politically toxic just five years ago.
Obama’s Support of Gay Marriage Sparks Strong Reactions from Latinos (Fox News Latino): In a move that could change how Latinos vote in the 2012 Presidential election, Barack Obama became the first U.S. President to announce his support for same-sex marriage Wednesday, revising his longstanding position on the issue.
Is Minority Voter Registration Really Declining? (Huffington Post): The Washington Post reports that voter registration is down among Blacks and Hispanics, and could pose a “serious challenge” to the Obama campaign. Unfortunately, it is the Washington Post’s statistics that are seriously challenged.
Hispanic Voters, Virginia Are Keys to 2012 (The Wall Street Journal): Karl Rove, the architect of President George W. Bush’s 2000 and 2004 campaigns, sees a path for Mitt Romney through two nettlesome problems: his relations with Hispanic voters, and his narrow map to victory in the Electoral College.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio faces federal civil rights lawsuit (Los Angeles Times): Federal authorities said Wednesday that they planned to sue Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his office over allegations of civil rights violations, including racial profiling of Latinos.
Arpaio to improve relations with Hispanic community (KTAR): Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced departmental changes Tuesday to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office in an effort to mend fences with the Hispanic community.
Program targeting illegal immigrants takes many in N.H. by surprise (Eagle-Tribune): A controversial federal program launched quietly this week in New Hampshire. But few people knew anything about Secure Communities, even those who are expected to enforce it.
N. Carolina school district accused of discrimating against Latinos (Fox News Latino): A North Carolina school system is defending itself against the accusations of two civil rights defense groups that it discriminates against the families of Hispanic students by not providing information in Spanish.
Lugar loss unwelcome for those who seek civility (The Seattle Times): The political world absorbed a chilling message Wednesday from the fall of Senate icon Richard Lugar: Rabid partisanship is popular, especially in Republican primaries, and cutting deals with political opponents is not. The Indiana lawmaker’s defeat will have ripple effects in this year’s elections and in the Senate, where he’s served since 1977.
Fort Worth school trustees’ choice is a blow to Hispanics (Fort Worth Star-Telegram): Hispanics have spent much of the past year working to strengthen their position in the Fort Worth school district. Tensions over redrawing voting boundaries during redistricting in the fall centered on the growing Latino population. And residents came out in force last month, urging trustees to select a Hispanic trustee to fill a board vacancy, emphasizing that 60 percent of the district’s students are Hispanic.
Cal State Fullerton graduates more Hispanics that any other college in state (SCPR): For the second year in a row, Cal State Fullerton is the top California school to award bachelors degrees to Hispanics. One out of three students walking out with a diploma identifies as Hispanic.
Georgia Higher Education Policies Hurt Blacks, Hispanics and Poor, Penn Study Finds (The Wall Street Journal): Georgia’s higher education policies are making it harder for black, Hispanic and poor Georgians to get a college education, according to a new report released by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute for Research on Higher Education.
3 Hispanic day laborers beaten in Spring Valley, 1 in coma; 3 men sought (lohud.com): Three Hispanic day laborers were severely beaten early Wednesday by three black men during a robbery, leaving one in a drug-induced coma because of head injuries and his brother in serious condition.
Latinas, Social Media and Buzz influence (Hispanic Marketing): Women now represent the majority of users of social networks in the world, a trend that continues to grow. And they do not use these networks just to communicate with friends and family, read on subjects of interest or for academic or professional purposes. Every day more women search for information on products and services on their social networks.
President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts (The White House): Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts: • Maria Lopez De Leon – Member, National Council on the Arts • Emil J. Kang – Member, National Council on the Arts