A majority of Latino-Americans support marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples, a new study has found.

According to the poll conducted by NBC Latino/IBOPE Zogby, sixty percent of 400 respondents supported marriage equality, while 38 percent disagreed. Forty-eight percent said they strongly support such unions, and 31 percent said they strongly disagree. Two percent of respondents refused to answer.

Thalia Zepatos, director of public engagement for Freedom to Marry, a group which supports gay nuptials, cheered the news.

“Support for the freedom to marry in Latino communities has now reached a supermajority as more Latinos learn that marriage matters to their gay family members for similar reasons as it matters to them: to make a lifetime commitment to each other, to share in the respect and dignity that comes with being married, and to protect their families,” Zepatos said. “Latinos care about marriage because they care about family, and no member of anyone's family should ever face discrimination. As more Latinos talk with their gay and lesbian family members, they realize that no one should be denied the freedom to marry the person that they love.”

An October, 2009 NBC/Wall Street Journal poll found only 45 percent of Hispanics support marriage for gay couples.