The National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the nation's largest Latino civil rights group, earlier this month approved a resolution endorsing gay marriage.

According to gay weekly The Washington Blade, the organization's board unanimously approved the resolution on June 9.

Eric Rodriguez, vice president of public policy at NCLR, told the paper that there was strong support for the resolution.

“There was discussion for that period of time, but everyone [felt] really strongly that supporting what we had already put out there in terms of our statement was the right thing to do,” he said.

Rodriguez said that NCLR believes “that marriage equality is consistent with the mission – the civil rights mission – of our organization.”

NCLR President Janet Murguia said that the vote “recognizes that marriage equality and LGBT issues are, and need to be, part of NCLR's core civil rights agenda.”

The resolution will be announced during the group's annual convention in Las Vegas next month.

Late last month, the board of directors of the National Association for the Deaf (NAD) made a similar endorsement.

Both groups are following in the footsteps of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), which endorsed such unions last month.