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Oldest US Latino Civil Rights Organization Endorses Marriage Equality

The following post comes from HRC Diversity Intern Francisco Hernandez:

During its 83rd annual convention this weekend, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) passed a resolution supporting marriage equality for all Americans, including the LGBT community. LULAC’s mission is to advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, health, and civil rights of the Hispanic population of the United States. It is the oldest and one of the largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organizations, and the first of its kind to form an LGBT chapter, based in Dallas, TX, in 2006.

“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 and be protected under the same laws that are established for heterosexual couples.”

This resolution follows on the heels of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) unanimously endorsing marriage equality last week. NCLR released a report earlier this year showing that 54 percent of Latinos support marriage equality. A poll from Pew’s Hispanic Research Center, also earlier this year, shows that 60 percent of Latinos believe society should embrace LGBT people, and when asked of second-generation Hispanics, the number rises to 70 percent. These numbers show that the National Organization for Marriage’s strategy of racial division has been wholeheartedly ineffective. On the contrary, support for LGBT people among the Latino community has been growing, and this most recent resolution by LULAC gives voice to that support. 

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