Wednesday, May 9, 2012


Bess Watts
Rochester, N.Y.

I will remember this day for as long as I live. May 9, 2012. 

Earlier today, Barack Obama became the first American president to say he supports giving loving, committed same-sex couples the freedom to marry. I want to congratulate the president for this bold and welcome move. 

This is a watershed moment for the labor and LGBT civil rights movements, but it's also a call to action. A president's vocal support for our community is a fantastic development, but nothing can replace the hard work it will take to ensure we win the workplace rights we all deserve. 

This year in Maryland and Washington State, marriage equality laws long sought by fair minded folks were finally passed. Those successes came after determined efforts by coalitions of faith, labor and national, state and local LGBT groups, as well as tireless lobbying by the men and women whose lives would be most affected by these victories. 

This year we have the opportunity to greatly expand the labor movement’s voice in government. With your support, we'll elect pro-labor lawmakers who will fight for us every day. And now we will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our president as we ask our fellow Americans for the simple protections and responsibilities that come with equal rights for all. 

On this historic day, I'm glad to know the president is standing with us. Again, this is a call to action. Let’s get to work. 

Bess Watts
President, CSEA Monroe County Local 828
President, Rochester & Finger Lakes Chapter of Pride At Work, AFL-CIO

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