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Chicago LGBT Allies Plan “Kiss-In” to protest Chick-Fil-A; College in MD calls for Tuition Equality

UMBC President Calls on State to Pass DREAM Act. University of Maryland-Baltimore County president Freeman Hrabowski voiced support for a referendum this fall that would decide the fate for tuition equality for DREAMers, or undocumented students who reside in the state. “As we attempt to rebound from a faltering economy, it is shortsighted and irresponsible to allow talent to languish in an attempt to score ideological points or punish the actions of parents who entered the country illegally,” Hrabowski said in a statement. “Helping students prepare for professional careers fills the need for skilled workers and sparks innovation and job creation. Subsidizing education for any student isn’t about handouts—it’s an investment in our nation’s future.” [The Baltimore Sun]

Opponents File Suit Against PA Vote Suppressing Bill. Opponents of the Pennsylvania voter ID law announced on Thursday that they would seek a legal challenge to it’s implementation, in hopes to push the issue to the Supreme Court. The presiding judge on the case will be Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson, who stated his belief that the case will be of large importance, as it revolves around a hot-button issue. “This is a high-profile case. There’s a lot of anxiety here,” Simpson said. “There will be a lot of people very unhappy with my decision no mater what I do.” [The Chicago Tribune]

Equality Chicago Plans “Kiss-In” in Response to Chick-Fil-A Discrimination. LGBT rights group Equality Chicago announced their plans to launch “Flick-the-Hate” campaign this week,  which they hope will lead to the eviction of Chick-Fil-A locations inside the city. “As we challenge the company’s anti-LGBT policies, we must also ask these universities and mall owners why they want to do business with a company that holds up hate as a family value,” the group wrote in a statement. Some of the protests include a “Eat for Love Day” on August 1, that will encourage members and allies to dine solely at restaurants that are "unafraid to show its support for equality for everyone, and a “kiss-in” campaign, in which area LGBT families will show public displays of affection in order to highlight the company’s unfair policies. [Opposing Views]

Christopher Boan is a journalism intern with Campus Progress.

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