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For Immediate Release

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

AFSCME Statement on President Obama’s Remarks on Marriage

Statement of AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee and Secretary-Treasurer Lee Saunders regarding President Obama’s remarks today on marriage

Washington, DC — 

“President Obama’s announcement today recognizes a fundamental American right – that every citizen is entitled to respect and dignity, and the equal protection of our laws. For too long, lesbian and gay Americans have been denied the right to marry the person they love, raise a family and live as equal citizens in our country. They are denied access to pension benefits, Social Security survivor benefits, family health and bereavement leave and family immigration rights. That discrimination harms all of us, not just LGBT Americans. We have an obligation to work to overturn unjust laws and amendments to state constitutions that codify prejudice and promote discrimination against fellow citizens. The President deserves praise for recognizing that this issue is about equality under the law and the right of all Americans to live their lives free from discrimination.”