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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Supreme Court Decisions on DOMA and Prop8

Today marks a major moment in American history for equality. The Supreme Court decision is a victory for all who believe in equal respect and treatment under the law.

The Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8 were radical and divisive laws that never should have been. Now, we can begin to fully clear the dark legal cloud that has hung over our nation. While justices ruled on the right side of history today, there is far more work to be done in the pursuit of equality. As a nation, we must continue to stand for what is right not only in freedom to marry for all loving and committed couples, but address other major issues for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers such as employment discrimination, health care access and more. We rejoice in today’s victory and are ready and willing to take on the challenges that still exist.

Contact: Josh Goldstein 202-637-5018

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