In Defense of Public Education

Join us for “In Defense of Public Education,” a major address on the current state and future of public education in the United States. AFT President Randi Weingarten will emphasize the vital role public education plays in providing broad-based opportunities for our children to thrive, despite the attacks by culture warriors.

Livestreaming Tuesday, March 28 at 9am Eastern

AFT Resolution


WHEREAS, the Defense of Marriage Act does not recognize same-sex marriages on the federal level; and

WHEREAS, marriage law is a reserved power left to the states and not a delegated power of the federal government; and

WHEREAS, the Defense of Marriage Act adversely affects many of our members, in that same-sex marriages are not recognized by the federal government, causing them to pay federal tax and FICA on the fringe benefit of healthcare coverage of their spouses; and

WHEREAS, these members are not allowed to utilize the Flex Plan offered by the federal government for their spouses:

RESOLVED, that the American Federation of Teachers will actively support and lobby for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act; and

RESOLVED, that the AFT will support the introduction of new federal legislation that abolishes the discriminatory effects of the Defense of Marriage Act.