A group of Latino leaders in Arizona have endorsed marriage equality.

According to alternative weekly the Phoenix New Times, the group announced its support at a Phoenix event organized by Why Marriage Matters Arizona.

“There's a perception out there that the Latino community does not support marriage equality, but that's not the case,” said Jeremy Zagas, a project director for the coalition. “There are regular folks from the Latino community who are vocal supporters, and who believe very strongly in marriage equality. Not in spite of who they are, but in many cases because of it, because of the values that have been instilled in them growing up.”

“This is about ending discrimination,” said Mark Mazon, president of Friendly House, “a goal that resonates with Arizona's Latinos.”

“Marriage matters for the same reasons to all people, gay or straight,” said Dolores Huerta, a civil rights activist. “And it's our responsibility to support inclusion of our gay and lesbian friends and family members in the important institution of marriage.”

A federal judge's ruling handed down Friday leaves little doubt Arizona's ban on such unions will be the next to fall.

U.S. District Judge John Sedwick's order that the state recognize the marriage of military veterans Fred McQuire and George Martinez for the purpose of death benefits strongly suggests he's leaning toward striking the down the law entirely.