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Catholic Association of Latino Leaders to Join AFM Rally for Marriage in Denver

Contact: John Murphy, Alliance for Marriage Foundation, 703-934-1212

WASHINGTON, May 14, /Christian Newswire/ -- Matt Daniels, president and founder of the Alliance for Marriage Foundation (AFMF), Mario Paredes, executive board member and president of the newly created Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (C.A.L.L.) today announced the group's participation at a rally for marriage and family in Denver during the Democrat National Convention. 

The Catholic Association of Latino Leaders, whose executive board includes San Antonio Archbishop Jose Gomez, will join prominent national Latino leaders from across the country, including Rev. Samuel Rodriguez of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, to encourage political leaders to stand up for marriage.

"The Catholic Association of Latino Leaders is committed to being a national voice on social justice issues and to impact the national dialogue and its outcome," said Mario Paredes, Executive Board Member and President of C.A.L.L. "The future of marriage and family in America is no different. We, in the Latino community, must stand and make our voices heard united as one."

The newly created Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (C.A.L.L.) is an organization of men and women committed to being a national voice for Catholic, Latino business and professional leaders in the United States.  

Latino voters are some of the strongest supporters of AFM's Marriage Protection Amendment. During Convention Week, Hispanics will rally to encourage political leaders to stand up for marriage.

In September, AFMF will also urge Republican leaders at their National Convention in Minneapolis to protect marriage.

"For far too long the votes of Latinos have been taken for granted by Republicans and Democrats," said Rev. Sam Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and Advisory Board Member of the Alliance for Marriage Foundation. "As our numbers grow, our influence is growing, and it is time for leaders of both political parties to put protecting marriage and strong family values at the center of their agenda."

Recently, the Alliance for Marriage Foundation called on both the Republican and Democratic National Committees -- with open letters to Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean and Congressman John Boehner (R-OH), who will oversee platform committee deliberations at their respective party conventions -- to include language supporting the Marriage Protection Amendment in their 2008 platforms.

The Alliance for Marriage and Alliance for Marriage Foundation are non-partisan coalitions whose Board of Advisors include Rev. Walter Fauntroy -- the DC Coordinator for the March on Washington for Martin Luther King Jr. -- as well as other civil rights leaders, religious leaders and national legal experts.