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Largest U.S. Latino Civil Rights Group Backs Marriage Equality

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR), which works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans, has unanimously endorsed marriage equality.

Word about the endorsement, which comes on the heels of the endorsement from the NAACP, shatters the persistent myth that the Latino community does not support equal marriage rights for same-sex couples.

Moreover, it goes to show that the National Organization for Marriage’s racial division strategy has been wholeheartedly ineffective. You might recall that internal NOM documents, unearthed by HRC earlier this year, revealed the group’s intentions to target the Latino community and make “support for marriage a key badge of Latino identity – a symbol of resistance to inappropriate assimilation.”

NCLR released a report earlier this year that may have helped provide the case for the endorsement. Fifty-four percent of Latinos support marriage equality, according to the report, which is right in line with data gathered about the general population in recent months.

The endorsement, which NCLR plans to announce at its annual summit next week, was first reported by the Washington Blade.

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