The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families (CHCF) today released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s historic decision to legalize same sex marriage.

New York, NY. – CHCF lauds the Supreme Court’s historic decision to legalize marriage for all nationwide and thereby eradicating inequality in one of the most fundamental institutions in our society. A victory of this magnitude for our gay brothers and sisters energizes all of us to keep fighting for equality on all areas. We also hope this sheds further light on the increasing poverty among LGBTQ families, including Hispanic same-sex couples which are more likely to have children than the broader LGBTQ population.

We stand by the words of Justice Anthony Kennedy in the closing paragraph of the opinion, stating that:
“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”

CHCF celebrates this meaningful decision which clearly recognizes that marriage equality is a constitutional, civil and human right. We hope that this is a new beginning in our quest for dignity, respect and equality for all children and families.

About the Committee for Hispanic Children and Families
The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, (CHCF) combines education and advocacy to expand opportunities for children and families, and strengthen the voice of the Latino community.