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Labor endorses "Day of Decision" on Prop 8
Labor endorses "Day of Decision" on Prop 8
Day of Decision Day of CA court decision
5:30 PM
Westlake Plaza


The Martin Luther King County Labor Council today endorsed the "Day of Decision" event which will mark the California Supreme Court's decision on three petitions to strike down Proposition 8.

The MLKCLC represents about 150 affiliates and over 75,000 workers in the greater Seattle area. It is affiliated with the AFL-CIO but also includes Change To Win unions working under "solidarity charters." The Executive Board of the MLKCLC voted unanimously to endorse the "Day of Decision" at the request of Pride At Work, the labor movement's LGBT constituency organization. The MLKCLC amended its bylaws in 2008 to add representation on the Executive Board for Pride At Work and other AFL-CIO constituency groups.

On March 4 this year, the National Executive Council of the AFL-CIO voted unanimously to call on the California Supreme Court to strike down Prop 8.

In July 2006, the MLKCLC and 23 of its affiliates signed on to amicus briefs supporting marriage equality in Washington state's Andersen v Sims and Castle v State cases. Unlike the California Supreme Court, the Washington Supreme Court ruled against marriage equality in those cases.

The "Day of Decision" was also endorsed by Washington State Jobs With Justice, at Pride At Work's request. WSJWJ is a workers' rights organization made up of labor, community, student, and faith groups. WSJWJ has regularly participated in the Seattle Pride Parade.

Seattle's "Day of Decision" event will take place at 5:30pm at Westlake Plaza, on the day the California court announces its decision. It is endorsed by a number of groups including the ACLU, Equal Rights Washington, the GSBA, Join The Impact, Pride At Work, the Pride Foundation, the Seattle Gay News, and Washington State Stonewall Democrats.

Prop 8, which passed in November 2008, reversed the court's previous decision in favor of marriage equality in the state of California. In petitions filed by Lambda Legal, the ACLU, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the court is now being asked to strike Prop 8. Hearings were held on March 5, and the court has 90 days from that date to issue its ruling. No specific date for the ruling has been announced.

For information contact Mike Andrew, Secretary-Treasurer of MLK County Pride At Work. 206-261-8110, OutFront.PrideAt- Work@gmail.com

Courtesy of Pride at Work

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