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Prominent Latino civil rights groups endorse marriage equality

Timothy Kincaid

June 30th, 2012

The League of United Latino American Citizens, LULAC, the oldest organization in the United States dedicated to the addressing the political needs of The Latino community, voted today to support marriage equality.

“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. “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.”

They join the National Council of La Raza who unanimously voted earlier this month to endorse equality. NCLR President Janet Murguía told The Blade,

“NCLR has taken a strong stand on marriage equality and our Board of Directors wanted to affirm and support that decision, which I very much appreciate,” she told the Blade. “ That unanimous vote recognizes that marriage equality and LGBT issues are, and need to be, part of NCLR’s core civil rights agenda.”

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