It’s a very good thing when those who fight for various progressive causes stand up for each other. Many gays don’t quite get why the LGBT community is a natural ally in the fight for reproductive freedom, or why we should be involved in standing up for racial minorities and the like. Aside from the fact that it’s the right thing to do, there’s also the simple fact that the more we stand together the better chance we all have to, you know, save this country from wingnuts.
Last month, the NAACP came out in support of marriage equality, and now the National Council of La Raza, the largest Latino civil rights organization in the country, has done the same:
Board members of the country’s largest Latino civil rights organization earlier this month unanimously passed a resolution in support of marriage rights for same-sex couples.
“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.
President Barack Obama on May 9 publicly backed nuptials for gays and lesbians during a White House interview with ABC News. NCLR President Janet Murguía applauded him for his “historic remarks expressing support for marriage equality” after the network broadcast them.
“The board in essence validated that and said we fully support Janet’s position,” said Rodriguez. “Consistent with that belief they expressed for themselves the belief that marriage equality is consistent with the mission—the civil rights mission—of our organization.”
Murguía also applauded the resolution.
“NCLR has taken a strong stand on marriage equality and our Board of Directors wanted to affirm and support that decision, which I very much appreciate,” she told the Blade. “ That unanimous vote recognizes that marriage equality and LGBT issues are, and need to be, part of NCLR’s core civil rights agenda.”
That’s awesome. Support for marriage equality truly is the mainstream position now, and the stands these organizations are taking is evidence of that.