09 August 2011
by Bridgette P. LaVictoire
Marriage equality in Minnesota got something of a boost today when the Minnesota chapter of the AFL-CIO took a stand against bigotry and made it clear that they oppose the anti-gay amendment slated to go before the voters next year. The chapter represents more than 300,000 workers state wide, and is the first labor organization in the state to take a stance against bigotry.
Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson stated “The labor movement is, and has always been about protecting and advancing the rights of all people. We will not stand by and allow discrimination to become part of Minnesota’s constitution.” The AFL-CIO of Minnesota has joined a growing coalition of statewide and national groups taking a stand against the amendment.
Freedom to Marry stated:
While the AFL-CIO’s support for the freedom to marry in Minnesota is certainly cause for celebration, it is not unprecedented. Labor groups have consistently been vocal supporters of marriage for gay and lesbian couples, including this year during legislative campaigns in Rhode Island and Maryland and the successful push to win marriage in New York.