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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 Marry

Latinos 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.

Meet Arizona Latinos for Marriage: Lisa Urias

Lisa Urias is a proud Arizona Latina. She is a well-known businessperson who was born and raised in Phoenix.

Meet Arizona Latinos for Marriage: Bettina Nava

Bettina Nava is a proud Arizona native, who has spent years working in the public and private sectors in policy and strategy.

Meet Arizona Latinos for Marriage: Tony Moya and Jimmy Serna

When Tony Moya walked into Meryvn’s Department Store to pick up his final paycheck 19 years ago, he didn’t to meet the love of his life. Santiago “Jimmy” Serna had just moved to Phoenix, AZ, from Texas and was also working at the store. Tony had already quit, and that chance meeting brought the two men together.

Meet Arizona Latinos for Marriage: Arjelia “Argie” Gomez

Arjelia "Argie" Gomez is Chief Financial Officer of Chicanos Por La Causa Inc., a community development organization in Arizona that has been operating for more than four decades. As a financial expert, Argie understands that marriage equality is the best move to protect Arizona’s growing business community.

Meet Arizona Latinos for Marriage: Danny Ortega

Daniel “Danny” R. Ortega Jr. is the owner of the Ortega Law Firm in Phoenix, and previously served as the Chair of the Board of Directors of National Council of La Raza, the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S. Like many Arizona professionals, Danny understands why marriage matters to all committed couples.

Meet Arizona Latinos for Marriage: David Martinez Jr.

Family is a central part of our lives and there’s absolutely nothing more important to me than seeing all of our children grow up to be successful, healthy and happy adults. But because the state of Arizona bans marriage for same-sex couples, my son David is denied the basic freedom to get married and start a family of his own simply because he is gay.

Meet Arizona Latinos for Marriage: Tucson City Councilor Regina Romero

Tucson City Council Regina Romero is proud to add her name to the growing chorus of elected officials across Arizona who are speaking out for marriage equality. For Council Romero, there's never been any doubt that same-sex couples and their families should be treated equally under the law.

Meet Arizona Latinos for Marriage: Alejandra Gerardo and Narda Rivera

Alejandra Gerardo and Narda Rivera have been together for more than four years. Alejandra is originally from Mexico and Narda grew up in Nogales. They live together in Tuscon with their two children, Jayla and Ray, and the family dog, Marley.

Meet Arizona Latinos for Marriage: Dolores Huerta

Dolores Huerta has spent most of her life fighting for Hispanic and women’s rights. She now stands with Why Marriage Matters Arizona for the freedom to marry.

Meet Arizona Latinos for Marriage: Alfredo Gutierrez

Alfredo Gutierrez, a veteran, businessman, elected official, and activist, has spent decades working to improve Arizona.

Meet Arizona Latinos for Marriage: Raúl Grijalva, U.S. Representative for Arizona’s Third District

Raúl Grijalva, U.S. Representative for Arizona’s Third District, grew up in Tucson and is the son of a migrant laborer. He believes that discrimination against one group threatens the entire community.

Meet Arizona Latinos for Marriage: Adriana Z. Badal, Mayor of Bisbee

During Badal’s tenure as Mayor of Bisbee, the city council unanimously approved Arizona’s first civil union ordinance. The law grants some legal protections and benefits for same-sex couples in Bisbee including interment and visitation rights and the power for same-sex partners to make medical decisions for each other.

Meet Arizona Latinos for Marriage: Valle del Sol

Valle del Sol’s mission is to inspire positive change by investing in health and human services to strengthen families with tools and skills for self-sufficiency and by building the next generation of Latino and diverse leaders.

Meet Arizona Latinos for Marriage: Friendly House

Since 1920, Friendly House has served the citizens of Arizona and those seeking to become citizens by providing the tools, training and support needed to attain sustaining self-sufficiency.

Meet Arizona Latinos for Marriage: Silvana Salcido Esparza

“I have a family and we are all committed and love each other,” said Silvana, who is raising a child with her wife, Jo Novelli-Blasko. “There is no reason why my love and commitment shouldn’t be recognized by Arizona.”

Latino Organizations & Leaders Supporting the Freedom to Marry

National Organizations

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Cuban American National Council
Dolores Huerta Foundation
Hispanic Federation
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
Voto Latino

Arizona Latino Organizations and Leaders

Valle del Sol
Friendly House
Victoria Foundation
Fuerza Local
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.