Marriage is about family – about building a life together and caring for one another when it matters most.
- Same-sex couples want to have a civil marriage for many of the same reasons as everyone else – to build a family together and promise to care for one another.
- Think about how you would feel if your spouse got really sick and you couldn’t take time off to help take care of them— because your employer didn’t treat you as married. This is one of the many ways that excluding gay couples from marriage makes it harder for them to take care of each other.
In Latin America, we don’t turn our backs on families.
- No member of anyone’s family should face discrimination. That’s because every gay and lesbian person is part of someone’s family – someone’s son or daughter, brother or sister, cousin, aunt or uncle. No member of anyone’s family, family — gay or straight — should have to face discrimination where they live, where they work, or when they hope to marry the person they love.
- Imagine if your own child was gay or lesbian. Wouldn’t you want them to be treated like everyone else in society?
- 70% of people in Latin America live in a country where same-sex couples can marry. Allowing gay and lesbian people to share in civil marriage strengthens families and harms no one.
Allowing gay and lesbian people to share in civil marriage strengthens families and harms no one.