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Why Karl Rove's New Plan to Save the Republican Party Will Fail

Republicans think it will be easy to come back -- just appeal to culturally conservative Latinos! It will fail.

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González-Rojas also pointed out that Latinos overwhelmingly supported the Affordable Care Act, including its birth control coverage provisions. “Latina teens have the highest teen birth rate in the country, often because they don’t have access to contraception,” she said. And Latinas, who are increasingly the heads of households, are concerned about maintaining the safety net for low-income people.

She also credited growing support for gay marriage among Latinos to advocacy and outreach that focused on support for families under the slogan “familia es familia” (family is family). It turns out “family values” doesn’t have to mean economically enforced patriarchy.


Irin Carmon is a staff writer for Salon. Follow her on Twitter at @irincarmon or email her at

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