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Below are some articles and poll data on the views of Hispanic on "Gay Marriage" and how they align with the political parties position on it. 

Pedro Celis, Ph. D.
Republican National Hispanic Assembly
Washington State Chairman

Washington Republican Party 2002 Platform.

Republicans reaffirm the Washington State Legislature’s decision to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

From: http://www.wsrp.org/platform.htm

Washington Democrat Party 2002 Platform.

We affirm that the state should not interfere with same-gender couples who choose to marry and share fully and equally in the rights, responsibilities and commitment of civil marriage.

From http://www.wa-democrats.org/2002_Platform.php



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Rainbow Coalitions
African American, Hispanic pastors lead the charge against gay marriage.

By Tony Carnes in New York

Bishop Roderick Caesar, 53, thinks he was 17 or 18 when a friend confessed, "I am in the life," meaning he was homosexual. Caesar sat with his friend and prayed. "I told him I would be his friend until the day he died. I also told him I would pray that he would not find happiness."

Caesar, pastor of Bethel Gospel Tabernacle in Jamaica, Queens, helped organize a rally against gay marriage at City Hall on March 29 with the 400-church City Covenant Coalition, led by Puerto Rican-Italian Joseph Mattera. Earlier, on March 14, more than 8,000 Hispanic evangelicals converged in the Bronx for the nation's largest rally to date against gay marriage. One of the speakers was a white Assemblies of God pastor.

In New York City and elsewhere, African American and Hispanic pastors are facing off against a large homosexual-rights contingent over the issue of gay marriage. For Christian leaders steeped in personal compassion, the confrontation is full of anguish, fear, and anger.

When the Supreme Judicial Court in Massachusetts ordered gay marriage to become state law this month, local black and Hispanic clergy associations quickly joined in protest (CT, April, p. 90). A month later, African American pastors, organized by the Los Angeles– based Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education (CURE), and in association with the Family Research Council, came from across the country to support their beleaguered colleagues.

"This is a line in the sand for black churches across the nation," said CURE founder Star Parker.

The Alliance for Marriage (AFM), which advocates a constitutional amendment to protect marriage, released a poll on March 4 showing that 63 percent of Hispanics and 62 percent of African Americans support an amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman. AFM has broad support among minorities. "Concern for stronger families trumps jobs," said founder Matt Daniels. "It trumps the environment for all voter groups."

Ruben Diaz Sr. of the Bronx had two brothers who were homosexual. As a pastor in the Church of God (Cleveland, Tenn.) and overseer of more than 100 Pentecostal churches, he knew many other church leaders who had seen members drifting from broken families into drugs, homosexuality, and death.

Ten years ago, Diaz, a Democrat, complained that city support for the Gay Games was taking funding from poor families. His comments drew a torrent of abuse from activists.

"They hit me with a pitcher of water," Diaz said. "They called me 'homophobe,' 'preacher of hate.' I received threatening letters. Publicly, that issue forced me to commit."

Now a state senator, Diaz organized hundreds of Bronx Hispanic churches for the March 14 rally on the steps of the state supreme court. "We are praying, singing, and denouncing gay marriages," he told those attending. "I can be expelled from the [Democratic] Party for what I am saying, but none of that counts before the Lord."

Matthew Dowd, chief strategist for the Bush campaign, said the minority vote could make a difference. Other Republican strategists say that the push for homosexual marriage will split some Hispanic voters from the Democrats, while keeping socially conservative African American Democrats home on Election Day.

For Caesar, the issue is not about politics. He cannot forget when his friend came back to the church from out of "the life." "He walked in and told me that one day he woke up and realized that his lifestyle is not his destiny." The pastor said that since his friend wasn't legally entangled in a gay marriage, "he never looked back."

Copyright 2004 Christianity Today.
May 2004, Vol. 48, No. 5, Page 22


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