National Latino Organizations Support Marriage Equality

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) the nation’s oldest Latino civil rights organization voted on June 30 to adapt a resolution in favor of marriage equality. And the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) has endorsed and is expected to announce support for same-sex marriage at its upcoming convention.

“Since its inception, LULAC has fought for the equality of minorities,” said LULAC Executive Director, Brent Wilkes. “All individuals, regardless of their race, ethnicity, country of origin or sexual orientation, deserve equal rights. Everyone should be granted the freedom to marry their partner be protected under the same laws that are established for heterosexual couples.”

The board of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) passed a similar resolution in June which will be announced at their annual convention in Las Vegas July 7-10. Both organizations also came out in support of President Obama’s position on marriage equality.

A study released by the Pew Hispanic Center in April found that 59 percent of U.S. Latinos say homosexuality should be accepted by society. A 2010 Bendixen & Amandi International poll found 83 percent of Latinos support housing and employment non-discrimination protections and 74 percent support marriage equality or other forms of legal recognition for gay and lesbian couples.

“This vote is another bond that reaffirms the partnership between the LGBT and Hispanic communities," said Jesse Garcia, LULAC member and co-founder of the organization's first LGBT Council.

Recently, over 30 LGBT organizations released a joint statement critical of Arizona’s SB1070 after the Supreme Court’s ruling on that controversial law.