Why Marriage Matters to Latinos
Hispanic and Latino/a same-sex families have much to gain from the legal protections of marriage and nondiscrimination protections — and much to lose when states prohibit marriage equality. Census data finds that Latino/a same-sex couples are raising children at three times the rate of their Caucasian counterparts. Based on the 2000 Census, of the approximately 255,000 children underage 18 being raised by same-sex couples, 23%, or 58,650 children, were of Hispanic origin. According to the same findings, 20% of same sex parents raising children are Latino/a.
Generations of Americans of Latin American heritage, both leaders and every day folks, understand what's at stake and continue to work hard in order to make our nation's promise of equal justice a reality.
"Now is the time for equality & marriage to be a reality. Why should we make people wait for such a fundamental justice? There is no justification for discriminating against same sex couples!"
—Dolores Huerta: President, Dolores Huerta Foundation; Co-Founder of the United Farm Workers of America; and Board Member, Feminist Majority Foundation