Press Release

AFT Applauds President Obama’s Support of Marriage Equality

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012


Carolyn Fiddler

"Every American Is Entitled to Equal Shares of Equality, Liberty and Happiness." 

WASHINGTON—Today American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten praised President Barack Obama on his announced support of marriage equality.

"Today President Obama took the right and just position on marriage equality. As president of the AFT and as a gay American, I strongly support President Obama for his bold action.

"America's greatness has been based in large part on our continual journey toward equality. President Obama's action today on marriage equality continues that journey. I am proud to lead an organization that has, from our founding, stood firm against discrimination based on race, ethnicity, gender, physical disability or sexual orientation. The fight for civil rights not only in the workforce but also in every aspect of American life, is ongoing. Every American is entitled to equal shares of equality, liberty and happiness."

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.