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MT AFL-CIO Speaks Out on Marriage Equality and Workplace Discrimination

For Immediate Release

Contact: Sandi Luckey, Communications Director (406) 202-3165

Statement on Rolando v State

May 22, 2014

The Montana State AFL-CIO released the following statement from Executive Secretary Al Ekblad in response to the legal action filed yesterday in Federal Court challenging Montana’s prohibition against marriage equality:

“Today in Montana, couples who share lives and homes and children, are being denied spousal benefits. In places where the employer offers family health coverage and/or pension and death benefits, marriage defines the spouse as family.  In the absence of marriage, spouses cannot extend benefit coverage to one another. Denying couples the right to marry is an economic issue. If an employee is offered family coverage as part of their employment package but they are prevented from using that coverage, the value of their employment package is reduced and the value of their work. When an employee’s compensation is impacted by matters exterior to qualifications and quality of work, it is workplace discrimination. 

Families come in all shapes and sizes. I didn’t want my parents dictating who I could marry when I was just starting out. I sure wouldn’t want the government to try to do it and I would be very upset if I was unable to cover my wife on my health plan because of someone else’s idea of whether she should be or not. If it’s love and there is a life-long commitment, then people should be free to marry and gain all the rightful benefits related to being married. ”  


Full press release here:

Download: Ekblad on Rolando v State Marriage Equality May 2014.doc
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Download: MT Named One of Top 5 Most Dangerous States to Work.doc
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