New Poll: Latinos Broadly Support LGBT People
April 5, 2012 by Dan Rafter, Associate Director of Communications
So much for NOM’s plan to rally Latinos against marriage equality. A new poll from Pew’s Hispanic Research Center shows that nearly 60 percent of Latinos believe society should embrace LGBT people, according to Politico. That number rises to nearly 70 percent when asked of second-generation Hispanics.
The new numbers come just days after GLAAD and HRC released data proving NOM’s strategy wrong and highlighting Latinos’ broad support for LGBT equality – including that nearly 75 percent of Latinos and Hispanics support legal recognition for gay couples. Other figures included:
- 80 percent of Latinos believe gay people often face discrimination
- 83 percent of Latinos support housing and employment non-discrimination protections
- 69 percent of Latino Christians said that their religion is accepting of all people, including gay people
- 75 percent of Latinos support school policies to prevent harassment and bullying of students who are or are perceived to be gay
In strategy documents released by HRC, NOM said of Latinos:
We must interrupt this process of assimilation by making support for marriage a key badge of Latino identity - a symbol of resistance to inappropriate assimilation.
It also said of African Americans:
The strategic goal of this project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks--two key Democratic constituencies.
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