Study Shows 60% of Latinos Support Same-Sex Couples’ Freedom to Marry
New York – In a study released today by NBC Latino, 60% of Latinos said they support the freedom to marry for same-sex couples.
Thalia Zepatos, Director of Public Engagement for Freedom to Marry, released the following statement:
“Support for the freedom to marry in Latino communities has now reached a supermajority as more Latinos learn that marriage matters to their gay family members for similar reasons as it matters to them: to make a lifetime commitment to each other, to share in the respect and dignity that comes with being married, and to protect their families. Latinos care about marriage because they care about family, and no member of anyone’s family should ever face discrimination. As more Latinos talk with their gay and lesbian family members, they realize that no one should be denied the freedom to marry the person that they love.”
In July, Freedom to Marry spearheaded the launch of Familia es Familia, a public education campaign designed to spur conversations about LGBT family acceptance among Hispanic communities across the country. Dozens of the nation’s leading Hispanic organizations have joined as partners of the campaign, including the National Council of La Raza, the League of United Latin American Citizens, and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund.
A March 2012 poll by NBC/Wall Street Journal showed that 55% of Hispanics favor the freedom to marry (an increase of 10% since the last poll was conducted in October 2009). A March 2011 study by the Public Religion Research Institute shows that 67% of Latino Catholics support legal recognition of gay and lesbian couples. An April 2012 study by the National Council of La Raza and Social Science Research Solutions found that 54% of Hispanics support marriage, and that Hispanics hold the same, if not more positive views of gay and lesbian people than the general population.
Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. We are pursuing our Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. We partner with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.