New CBS News Poll Shows A Majority of Hispanics/Latinos Support Marriage Equality

by Charles Joughin

50% of all Hispanics and 62% of U.S.-born Hispanics say same-sex marriage should be legal

WASHINGTON – This week, CBS News released the results of a recent poll showing a majority of Hispanics in the United States support marriage rights for same-sex couples.  According to the poll results, 50 percent of all Hispanics and 62 percent of U.S.-born Hispanics say same-sex marriage should be legal. The marriage question was asked as part of a larger survey of Americans about issues facing Hispanics.  

“People from all walks of life know that it’s wrong to tell committed and loving couples they can’t get married, just because they’re gay or lesbian,” said Lisbeth Melendez-Rivera, Director of Latino and Catholic Initiatives for the Human Rights Campaign. “A strong sense of family is the foundation of the Latino community, and marriage provides many LGBT families with the support and security they need to thrive.  These poll results serve as further evidence that the country is ready for marriage equality nationwide.”

Opponents of marriage equality, including a group known as the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), have tried to drive a wedge between minority groups and equality supporters.  According to NOM’s confidential strategy documents obtained by HRC in 2012, the group aims to manipulate Hispanic communities by “making support for marriage a key badge of Latino identity” and “to make opposition to gay marriage an identity marker, a badge of youth rebellion to conformist assimilation to the bad side of ‘Anglo’ culture.”

Yet polling figures from recent months show a drastic increase in support for marriage equality among Hispanics.  Overall, Hispanic support rose from 35 percent in 2003 to 53 percent in 2013, according to the Public Religion Research Institute.

Other polls show a strong majority of Americans – 56 percent – favor marriage equality, with support growing among virtually every demographic group.  According to ABC News / Washington Post, 77 percent of adults under age 30 favor marriage equality. And 40 percent of Republicans – an all-time high and jump of 16 points in under two years – now support marriage for gay and lesbian couples, while the number of Catholics supporting marriage has grown to 62 percent, according to the New York Times. These numbers continue to grow, with no indication that support will slow down.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.


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