Target: Voz Executive Director Romeo Sosa
Goal: Praise labor rights group for refusing to abandon the cause of gay rights
There’s never been a clearer example of an organization putting their money where their mouth is. Voz, a Portland, OR-based group that helps Latinos find work, recently lost a $75,000 grant from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) because it would not cut ties with the National Council of La Raza, a Latino rights group that supports gay marriage, according to Think Progress. In an interview with the Oregonian, Voz’s developmental director lamented that “we run the risk of decreasing staff size and decreasing hours.” However, the organization ultimately decided that it could not abandon support of gay rights.
Voz’s work has nothing to do with gay marriage one way or the other, but the CCHD made cutting ties with the National Council of La Raza a requirement to receive grant money, according to Romeo Sasa, the Executive Director of Voz. The Catholic organization has the right to give and withhold money as it sees fit, and so Voz cannot take any action to force them to reconsider their grant request. All the organization can do is stick to its principals. In a world where religious institutions often claim they are under assault from rampant secularism, it is unfortunate to see one deny funding to a good cause because of tangential involvement in another. Those who support gay marriage rights, however, have reason to be thankful that Voz is not abandoning the cause due to financial pressure.
Equal marriage rights are still being fought for across the world, and those who strive for equality need all the support they can get. Voz, in choosing to stand for gay marriage at its own financial expense, is taking a risk, but hopefully one that will pay off in the future. By signing this petition, you will thank Executive Director Romeo Sosa for supporting gay rights.
Dear Executive Director Sosa,
Your organization’s recent refusal to cut ties with the pro-gay marriage National Council of La Raza took courage and strength of will. Equal rights will only be won if more and more people stand up for them, and you have demonstrated true commitment to the cause. It is unfortunate that this commitment has cost Voz as much as it has.
While the Catholic Campaign for Human Development is within its legal rights to deny you funding, you certainly hold the moral high ground. I hope that you can find new allies to help your cause forward, and I thank you for taking a stand in favor of marriage equality.
[Your Name Here]
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