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Latino organization announces support for same sex marriage

The League of United Latin American Citizens comes out for marriage equality
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Yesterday, 30 June,  the League of United Latin American Citizens passed a resolution in support of marriage rights for LGBT citizens.

'Today the LULAC National Membership reaffirmed its commitment to equality for all by voting in favor of marriage equality,' said Jesse Garcia, LULAC member and co-founder of the organization's first LGBT council, in a press release distributed by Globe News Wire. 'LULAC stands with great Latino leaders like Dolores Huerta, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis who believe discrimination of same-sex couples should not be tolerated. This is a historic day for LGBT Latinos everywhere, plus this vote is another bond that reaffirms the partnership between the LGBT and Hispanic communities.'

According to the groups' website, LULAC was founded in 1929 and is the oldest Hispanic civil rights group in the United States. This week the League's 83rd annual convention was held in Florida.

'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 be protected under the same laws that are established for heterosexual couples.'

Ever since early May, when President Barack Obama made his support of same sex marriage public, non-gay civil rights groups have jumped on the marriage train. The National Association for Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the country's oldest civil rights organization, declared its gay marriage support approximately two weeks after the president's.

As reported by Pew Research in 2010, 41 percent of Hispanics supported gay marriage, while 47 were opposed. Only 30 percent of blacks were in favor, compared to 59 against.

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