Latino Community Embraces Marriage Equality
October 24, 2012 by Sharon Groves, Director, Religion and Faith Program
A new study recently released by the Pew Hispanic Center shows that a 52 percent of Latinos now support marriage equality, a sharp reversal from only a few years ago when 56 percent were against same-sex marriage.
What this poll reveals is that religion doesn't need to be a barometer for intolerance, as it is sadly so often used. Latinos on average are one of the most religiously observant communities yet, as this poll indicates, their support for equality is strong and growing. Latinos are leading the way in helping Americans find ways to align their faith with their justice values, particularly around supporting their LGBT brothers and sisters.
Dr. Miguel De La Torre, professor Social Ethics and Latino/a Studies at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver and HRC Religion Council member, responded to this poll, "If present demographic changes continue, Hispanics will represent a quarter of the U.S. population by the 2030s. Those who ignore their voices do so at their own peril. And the good news is that in spite of the stereotypes of us being homophobic; the poll reveals the growing trend that justice applies to everyone, including our gay brothers and sisters. We are indeed familia, and all who are part of our family are welcomed!"
We are proud to be playing a part in furthering the conversation about faith and equality through our A la Familia. To learn more about A la Familia, please visit www.hrc.org/familia.
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