Difficult Journey to Parenthood for LGBT Couples: While some states are easing up on same-sex marriage, parenthood for same-sex couples can still prove to be a daunting task, NBC News reports. Twenty states and the District of Columbia have some legislation in place allowing same-sex couples to co-parent, but LGBT couples often still struggle nationwide to become adoptive parents.

More Fervor Over Gabby's Hair: Gabby Douglas, Olympic gold medalist and America's newest gymnastics sweetheart, fired back at critics of her hair, saying she has competed with her pulled-back hairstyle for years and wasn't intending on changing it, the Associated Press reports. The social media sphere lit up after Douglas clinched the gold medal in the women's all-around finals, reigniting a sensitive conversation over black American women's hair.

Maryland Marches for Dream Act: Undocumented immigrants and their advocates in Maryland walked 3.5 miles to show support of the Maryland's Dream Act in a march organized by nonprofit group Casa de Maryland, the Washington Post reports. The state's version of the Dream Act will appear on the ballots in November and would allow undocumented students to attend community colleges at in-state rates if they have attended a Maryland high school for three years, along with other certain criteria. After receiving an associate's degree, the student would be eligible to transfer to a state university at an in-state tuition rate.

Women in Forensics: More women are filling the forensic science industry, making up about 78 percent of the 22 programs approved by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the Washington Post reports. Industry leaders are optimistic about this new trend, hoping to generate more interest to attract women to fill all parts of the science industry.

Presidential Campaigns Tackle Health Care for Latinos: The Obama and Romney campaigns have released polar Spanish-language advertisements targeting Hispanic voters on the health care law, the Boston Globe reports. While the economy remains the most important issue for all voters, polls conducted recently after the Supreme Court upheld most of the provisions show that the majority of Latinos supported the legislation.

Florida County Sued for Its District Lines: Civil-rights group Latino Justice filed a lawsuit last week against Orange County, Fla., officials, alleging they drew "discriminatory" political district lines that diluted the strength of the Hispanic voting bloc, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

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