Latinos for the Freedom to Marry
Familia es Familia
Many Latinos are gay or lesbian—or know gay people. They are our family members, neighbors, people we work with, and members of our church.
In the Latino community, we don’t turn our backs on family. No member of anyone’s family—gay or straight—should have to face discrimination where they live, at their jobs, or when they hope to marry the person they love.
By supporting marriage for committed gay and lesbian couples, we strengthen all families in our community.
Marriage Protects Families
- Marriage gives couples the tools and the security to build a life together and to protect their families. Couples get married because they want to be there for each other in sickness and in health, when times are good and when things get tough.
- State and federal marriage laws provide a safety net of legal and economic protections for married couples and their children— including the ability to visit your spouse in the hospital and to transfer property, which can mean being able to remain in the family home when your spouse has passed away.
- Nearly 42% of Latina lesbian couples, and nearly one in four Latino gay male couples are raising children. Marriage helps Latino same-sex parents protect their families.
Marriage Says "We Are a Family"
- Marriage says “We are a family” in a way that no other word does. Gay and lesbian couples may seem different from straight couples, but share similar values—like the importance of family and helping out our neighbors; worries—like making ends meet or the possibility of losing a job; and hopes and dreams—like finding that special someone to grow old with, and standing in front of friends and family to make a lifetime commitment.
- Most people don't understand what a domestic partnership is, but marriage is understood.
- Marriage says that these two people belong to one another, that they have chosen each other above all others, that they take responsibility for each other, and that in times of crisis, they will be there for each other. Marriage matters, and no one should be denied something so important.
Meet Arizona Latinos for the Freedom to MarryLatinos are supporting marriage for same-sex couples because it reflects our community values. We believe in loving our neighbor and treating others the way we would want to be treated.
Once we learn more about it, we realize that marriage matters to gay people in similar ways that it matters to everyone. Gay and lesbian couples want to get married to make a lifetime commitment to the person they love and to protect their families. Read the stories of Latinos supporting the freedom to marry in Arizona below.
Latino Organizations & Leaders Supporting the Freedom to Marry
National OrganizationsCongressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Cuban American National Council
Dolores Huerta Foundation
Hispanic National Bar Association
Labor Council for Latin American Advancement
Latino Justice PRLDEF
League of United Latin American Citizens
Mana, A National Latina Organization
Mexican American Legal Defense Education Fund
National Association of Hispanic Publications
National Council of La Raza
National Hispanic Council on Aging
National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts
National Hispanic Media Coalition
National Hispanic Medical Association
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
National Puerto Rican Coalition
Saber es Poder
Ser-Jobs for Progress
Southwest Voter Registration Education Project
United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
United States Hispanic Leadership Institute
Arizona Latino Organizations and LeadersValle del Sol
Lisa Urias, Urias Communications*
Alfredo Gutierrez, Maricopa Community College Governing Board*
Regina Romero, Tucson City Council*
Danny Ortega, Ortega Law*
Bettina Nava, FirstStrategic*
Silvana Salcido Esparza, Barrio Café*
Ezequiel Hernandez, Hernandez Global*
Argie Gomez, Chicanos por la Causa*
Louis Olivas, W. P. Carey School of Business*
Belen Gonzalez, Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust*
Adriana Zavala Badal, Mayor of Bisbee*
Mark Mazon, Friendly House
Carlos Galindo-Elvira, Valle del Sol
Steve Gallardo, State Senator*
Pete Garcia, Victoria Foundation*
Edmundo Hidalgo, Chicanos por la Causa*
Raúl Grijalva, U.S. Representative*
* Organizations listed for informational purposes only; does not indicate organizational endorsements.