COMMUNITIES

Americans across the country are considering what it means to allow same-sex couples to join in civil marriage. 

Those in the African-American, Latino, and Faith-Based communities may have particular questions about what it means to them.

Visit our resource sections for community-based perspectives on why marriage matters.

Latino Community - Familia es Familia -click here to view brochure or visit the Familia web site www.familiaesfamilia.org.

Hispanic and Latino 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. 

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 and 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


African-American Community - Many in the African American community — from religious leaders to established organizations like the National Black Justice Coalition — have shown support for the freedom to marry.

African American faith leaders across several denominations have joined the discussion on securing the freedom to marry for committed couples using the language of faith to promote love, tolerance, and humanity for all. Longtime civil rights leaders such as Coretta Scott King, Julian Bond, and Congressman John Lewis have spoken out against what they see as discrimination.

According to the 2000 Census, there are almost 85,000 Black same-sex couples in the United States, representing 14 percent of all the nation’s same-sex couples. 58 percent of black female same-sex couples and forty-five percent of black male same-sex couples are raising children. These rates are nearly twice those of white same-sex couples. Because they are more likely to be raising children, at comparatively lower wages, black same-sex couples have more to gain from legal recognition of their relationships and more to lose when states pass amendments banning marriage and other forms of partner recognition.

"This discrimination is wrong. We cannot keep turning our backs on gay and lesbian Americans. I have fought too hard and too long against discrimination based on race and color not to stand up against discrimination based on sexual orientation. I’ve heard the reasons for opposing civil marriage for same-sex couples. Cut through the distractions, and they stink of the same fear, hatred, and intolerance I have known in racism and bigotry. " — Congressman John Lewis



Faith-based Communities - For millions of Americans, their faith informs their understanding of the world. Many people of faith refer to the Golden Rule as they explore their feelings about the exclusion of gay and lesbian couples from marriage. 

Many religious communities, including the United Church of Christ, Reform Judaism, Ecumenical Catholic Church, Unitarian Universalist Association and Metropolitan Community Churches already recognize the loving commitment of same-sex couples, while many religious leaders are playing a crucial role in advancing the freedom to marry. Conversations from the pews to the pulpit within religious communities are essential for moving marriage forward nationwide.

"America needs to know that many faith leaders and theologians from diverse religious traditions strongly believe that all people have a God-given right to lead lives which fully express love, mutuality and commitment—including the right to marry." — Reverend Debra W. Haffner, director of the Religious Institute, promoting the Open Letter to Religious Leaders on Marriage Equality

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