MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota's growing population of Latino voters are a target for both sides in the campaign over a proposed ban on gay marriage in Minnesota's constitution.
Latinos are overwhelmingly Catholic, and Minnesota's Catholic hierarchy has made passage of the ban a top political priority. Minnesota Public Radio News reports hundreds of congregants who attend Spanish-language Masses at St. Stephen's Catholic Church in Minneapolis hear a marriage prayer distributed by the local archdiocese. (http://bit.ly/PlbUBF ).
Opponents of the ban say the Latino community's acceptance of same-sex marriage is growing just like in the larger population. Minnesotans United for All Families has mounted phone banks targeting Latino voters, staffed by bilingual volunteers.
Gay marriage supporters say acceptance of gay unions will rise among Latinos as more in their community come out of the closet.