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IFT applauds Supreme Court marriage equality decision

6/26/2015

In a monumental victory for equality today, the Supreme Court declared (5-4) that the freedom to marry is a fundamental right that belongs to all Americans.
 
The IFT has a long history of fighting for equal rights. At our 2013 Convention, delegates unanimously resolved to support the rights of all individuals, regardless of race, color, creed, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

AFT President Randi Weingarten issued the following statement today immediately after the Obergefell v Hodges decision was announced:

"From Loving to Windsor to today, love has won. As people start seeing one another’s real aspirations and dreams for all our families and our communities, as well as for ourselves, we see that the arc of history does bend toward justice.

“And while this is a day of celebration, there is more work to do in our fight for full equality. As a gay woman and union leader, I know that I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for my union—an ally in the struggle for rights and a shield from unfair discrimination in the workplace.

“From talking with LGBT members throughout the country, I know the importance of ensuring that there are comprehensive federal nondiscrimination protections in place. Without these protections, same-sex couples who have the right to marry in their home state will still be at risk of being fired from their jobs or evicted from their apartments based simply on who they are. We will continue the fight forward.”
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