Black And Latino NY Leaders Sign Letter Supporting Marriage Equality
More than 50 prominent black and latino leaders signed a letter in support of same-sex marriage. According to The Advocate, New Yorkers United For Marriage, a bipartisan coalition of five LGBT organizations, is workign with Gov. Andrew Cuomo to the pass the marriage equality bill withing the next month. The organization also released an open letter to officials and community leaders.
“What we learned from the civil rights movement to end racial discrimination informs our fight to end other discrimination based on who you are. It is a bedrock American value that all are created equal. Our laws must reflect that core belief,” wrote the leaders.
“This fight is not just about legal rights. It is about our brothers and sisters, our uncles and cousins, our neighbors and co-workers,” they continued. “It is about the strong families and communities which we ourselves cherish. Why should we rob others of the joys andblessings – and protections – of one of the most valued institutions in our society?”
A new Siena College Research poll suggests that while African Americans are settling in opposition to same-sex marriage, Latino support maybe increasing. According to the poll, 44% of African-American voters support “making same sex marriages legal in New York State,” compared to 52% opposed, and 4% undecided. Last month, a Siena poll indicated that 46% of African-American voters supported making same-sex marriage legal, 45% opposed the possibility, and 9% were undecided.
Among Latinos in New York, the findings suggested that some formerly opposed voters have moved to an undecided position. In the new poll, 55% supported making same-sex marriage legal, 41% opposed it, and 4% were undecided. In April, the Siena survey found that 54% of Latino voters supported making same-sex marriage legal, 45% were opposed, and 1% were undecided.