<h3>A Historic Step for Civil Rights in California and the Nation</h3><br>Contact: Mike Myslinski at (650) 552-5324.</br>
Burlingame – CTA joins Californians today in celebrating the monumental decisions made by the U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Windsor, which struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional, and Hollingsworth v. Perry, which let stand a lower court ruling that struck down California’s Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage. Dean E. Vogel, president of the 325,000-member California Teachers Association, issued the following statement:
“The U.S. Supreme Court decisions can go down as a major teachable moment of the past 50 years. CTA believes all people should be allowed equal protection under the law and that the legal rights and responsibilities of marriage and civil unions belong to all adults regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, religion or socio-economic status. We celebrate the decisions handed down today. I am moved because our gay brothers and sisters who have taught alongside us are now recognized by our government as equals. In order for us to move forward as a united nation, we must continue to engage in the fight for social justice, protect civil rights and ensure equality for all.”
The 325,000-member CTA is affiliated with the 3.2 million-member National Education Association.