A digest of all the best from this weekend: Same-sex marriage debate exposes more cracks across the nation; an exploration of New York City's educational segregation; and more.
Same-Sex Marriage Debate Exposes Religious, Social Divides
No longer just a social or religious issue, the battle over same-sex marriage has reached within the walls of churches across the U.S., pitting them against one another. Some churches openly welcome gay members, hire gay clergy members, and bless gay unions. But others do not, preaching that homosexuality is a sin.
Read more: MSNBC.com/The New York Times (5/14)
Is the Educational Segregation at NYC's Schools Hurting the Kids?
Although on paper the New York City public school system appears to boast a diverse student population, its schools tell another story: Almost 38 percent of its schools are segregated, where a single race makes up 70 percent of a student body. This has educators and experts alike worried about the adverse effects of segregating young children in both their school and home environments.
Read more: The New York Times (5/11)
California Lawmakers Work to Legalize Undocumented Workers
As a contingency plan in case of likely federal inaction, the California Legislature is quietly moving a bill that would grant work permits to the state's undocumented workers. The measure would affect thousands of workers in agriculture, food service, and the accommodations industry. Although both parties have yet to come on an agreement, the move is in recognition of the state's dependency on these workers, which make up a large part of California's $37.5 billion agriculture industry.