In December, the UFCW applauded the passage of the Respect for Marriage Act, which grants federal protections to same-sex and interracial couples.
“Today, Congress took the historic step to enshrine protections for the same-sex and interracial marriages of families all across the country,” said UFCW International President Marc Perrone in a statement. “Our union is large and diverse, made up of more than one million members and their families. Fighting for every single one of them in the workplace and elsewhere is our union’s most important mandate.”
“Our nation has a crucial responsibility to ensure all Americans, including UFCW members and their families, who are in interracial or same-sex marriages continue to enjoy the same freedoms, rights, and protected benefits that those in all other marriages have,” Perrone added. “Today, we’ve lived up to that responsibility. The UFCW is proud to stand with the bipartisan group of lawmakers who made this legislation possible, the many diverse organizations who have long advocated for it, and the overwhelming majority of Americans who support marriage equality in celebrating this historic achievement.”