On Friday, the Washington Blade reported that the National Council of La Raza, the country’s largest Latino civil rights organization, has unanimously endorsed marriage equality. The resolution is not yet public, as the organization plans to announce it at its convention next week, but NCLR has confirmed that the vote took place June 9, less than a month after the NAACP made a similar endorsement. Danny Ortega, former NCLR Board Chair whose term ended just after the vote, said that though some people had some questions during the discussion, the decision was ultimately quite easy:
ORTEGA: 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. We thought it was not only the right thing to do, but consistent with our values as an organization.
NCLR joins The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund as well as the Texas chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens, both of which have also endorsed marriage equality recently.
These groups’ statements effectively debunk the National Organization for Marriage’s proposed tactic of race-baiting Latino voters to oppose marriage equality. According to confidential memos released earlier this year, NOM wanted to convince young Latinos that to support the freedom to marry was to somehow acculturate to white values, where as staying opposed could represent a “badge of youth rebellion to conformist assimilation to the bad side of ‘Anglo’ culture.” NCLR condemned NOM’s “diabolical plan” for its intolerant “cravenness.”