As the Illinois state House prepares for a committee vote on Tuesday, and, barring any last minute surprises, a full floor vote in the coming weeks, a group of equality-minded Latino leaders have thrown their weight behind marriage equality.
The letter, released on Sunday and penned by 23 notable Latinos including City Clerk of Chicago Miguel Del Valle, Executive Director of the Latino Policy Forum Sylvia Puente, and Jesse H. Ruiz, Vice President of the Chicago Board of Education, calls on the House to approve same-sex marriage.
The letter reads in part:
As Latinos, we know our families are stronger when we stay together. We never turn our backs on family. That includes supporting the freedom to marry for our gay and lesbian sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts and uncles.
Relationships between Latino same-sex couples have existed for generations, built on trust, loyalty, and love. Marriage equality would grant legal recognition to these existing committed relationships. These couples want to marry for the same reason straight couples do – to make a lifetime commitment to the person they love, so that they can care for and protect one another through marriage.
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