Earlier this month, on June 9, the board of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) unanimously approved a resolution supporting the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. The largest Latino civil rights group in the country is expected to formally announce the endorsement next month at their national conference in Las Vegas,the Washington Blade reports.
Eric Rodriguez, vice president of public policy for the National Council of La Raza, confirmed to the Blade that the vote took place on June 9 during a previously scheduled board meeting. NCLR did not provide a copy of the resolution, but Rodriguez stressed that there was little opposition to it.
“There was discussion for that period of time, but everyone [felt] really strongly that supporting what we had already put out there in terms of our statement was the right thing to do,” he said.
Former NCLR Board Chair Danny Ortega, a Phoenix lawyer whose term ended after the vote, provided broad details of the conversations that he said took place among the 25 board members before the vote.
“We had a discussion about this and clearly some people had more questions than others, but at the end of the discussion it was unanimous,” he said.
The NCLR announcement comes about a month after the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People made a similar endorsement of marriage equality.
An April 2012 study from the Pew Hispanic Center found that 59 percent of Latinos in the United States say homosexuality should be accepted by society, and a March 2011 study suggested that 67 percent of Latino Catholics support legal recognition for same-sex couples.
A Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted in May also found people of color are more likely to support gay marriage than whites with black support at a record high.