Sudden pressure to get 'gay married'
"Now that we can marry, we ask ourselves, 'Isn't this what every Latina wants? Marriage and kids?'"
October 25th, 2011
04:09 PM ET

Sudden pressure to get 'gay married'

Editor's note: Rose Arce is a senior producer at CNN and a contributor to Mamiverse, a website for Latinas and their families. She led the documentary "In Her Corner: Latino in America" about a Mexican-American amateur boxer, Marlen Esparza, fighting to become the first woman to box at the Olympic Games.

(CNN) - I am reminded each day I park my car that the pressure will never subside. A billboard from a storage company cries out to couples tying the knot: "IF YOU DON'T LIKE GAY MARRIAGE, DON'T GET GAY MARRIED."

It's not the political message that's killing me. It's the marital call to arms.

The pressure began on a subway platform the day our daughter Luna, 6, and her best friend, Jackie, 7, saw a newspaper with drawings of double brides and double grooms. The state of New York had saddled same-sex couples with the same stress long available to everyone else: the pressure to marry. And they were starting with our kids.

Read Rose Arce's essay

Engage: Cultural costumes and 'anti-Latino' rhetoric
An Ohio University group launched its "Not a costume" campaign before Halloween.
October 25th, 2011
12:11 PM ET

Engage: Cultural costumes and 'anti-Latino' rhetoric

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College group launches campaign against culturally insensitive Halloween costumes
“STARS, a student organization at Ohio University, created a series of posters just in time for Halloween. In one, a Latino man holds up a picture of a white guy wearing a handlebar mustache, sombrero and poncho. There’s a stuffed donkey attached to the front, so that he looks like he’s riding it. Similar posters feature an Asian woman, a black woman, an Arab man and a Native American man. Across the top of each poster, the text says, 'We’re a culture, not a costume. This is not who I am, and this is not okay.'” - Arizona Daily Wildcat

Latino leader quits largest Texas GOP group due to 'anti-Latino' rhetoric
“Lauro Garza, head of Somos Republicans ... said he made his decision after Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain proposed building an electrified fence across the U.S.-Mexico border that could kill those crossing illegally.” - Huffington Post Latino Voices


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