Service Employees support same-sex rights
Delegates to the annual convention of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) have passed a resolution demanding same-sex marriage rights. The progressive measure by the union, which represents 1.7 million members and 120,000 retirees, follows adoption of similar resolutions by several of the union's locals.
The resolution, introduced by the SEIU International Executive Board, states: "This convention affirms SEIU's commitment to equal rights for all our members regardless of sexual orientation. SEIU will make it a collective bargaining and legislative goal to ensure that all members enjoy equal rights and benefits. SEIU will support the right of same-sex couples to access the full and equal rights, responsibilities and commitments of civil marriage and oppose laws in constitutional amendments that deny that right. SEIU will resist any attempt by anti-worker forces to use this issue in elections this year or beyond to divide working people in order to elect candidates with proven track records of favoring corporate special interests at the expense of working families."
In June the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the Office and Professional Employ ees International Union both passed anti-Federal Marriage Amend ment resolutions at their conventions, according to Pride At Work--the lesbian, gay, bi and trans constituency group affiliated with the AFL-CIO.
"Pride At Work," the group explains, "is committed to mobilizing mutual support between the organized Labor Movement and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) communities around organizing for social, racial and economic justice."