Obama's Gay Marriage Position Mobilizes Latino Supporters

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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Not surprisingly, President Obama’s announcement last week in support of same-sex marriage appeared to mobilize his gay supporters. But, contrary to what some might expect, it also appeared to mobilize his Latino supporters, regardless of their sexual orientation.

Latinos, who are predominately Roman Catholic and who are more often associated with immigrant rights than gay issues, happen to support gay rights in larger numbers than the rest of the American populace. In a survey conducted last year by the Pew Research Center, 59 percent of Latinos said homosexuality should be accepted by society, compared to 58 percent of the general population.

Shirl Mora James is lead co-president of the non-partisan National Tequila Party Movement, which encourages Hispanic voter registration, promotes the DREAM act, and supports children regardless of their sexual orientation. She is also gay. Sister Molly Maria Luisa Munoz is a Roman Catholic nun who works with migrant farm workers, people living with HIV/AIDS, and the gay and lesbian community. 


Shirl Mora James and Sister Molly Maria Luisa Munoz

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Kristen Meinzer

Comments [6]

So let's see..... That will be 11 million green cards, and also gay marriage for any illegals who want that to boot. Would you like fries and a shake with that too?

May. 16 2012 09:02 AM
Marc from Long Island

The other day I woke up and found my car missing. Police caught the Undocumented Owner. Thanks to the DRIVE Act in which we allow all people to realize their dream to drive, the DMV re-registered my car in the Undocumented Owner's name. Of course I'm being facetious here, but what's happening here is people who want their lifestyle and choices accepted are joining forces which is a logical approach. But they entice people to join by using such language as "undocumented" or "adjust" a person's status. I don't believe there's any commonality between these two groups except political opportunism.

May. 16 2012 08:37 AM

There is so much misconception about what the Catholic Church actually teaches. It is founded on Jesus' deep spiritual beliefs of justice and love. It is an ancient church whose beliefs are still radical today. Catholics believe in justice for all life. And though the Catholic Faith does not support gay life styles(yet), the faith does support and demand that we love, respect and honor all people. That is a clear message that is repeated many times in Mass and heard throughout a life time for a billion Catholics.

May. 16 2012 08:34 AM
Ed from Larchmont

She's right, we must love our neighbor - including those with same-sex inclinations. This doesn't mean we encourage same sex relationships, which we regard as harmful to the people involved. But of course - this is the Catholic people - we work for their good.

May. 16 2012 06:13 AM
Ed from Larchmont

Who's talking about turning your children away? That's a different issue than supporting gay sexual activity.

May. 16 2012 06:10 AM
Ed from Larchmont

Taking a sister as normative for Catholic opinion is unfortunately a risky thing to do these days. I'm sure she does great work with immigrants. But to know what the Catholic Church teaches, you have to speak with the hierarchy.

May. 16 2012 06:08 AM

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