WASHINGTON, DC - Service Employees International Union (SEIU) International President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement after President Obama announced his support for marriage equality:
"Earlier today, President Obama joined a host of faith, civil rights, business and political leaders who have publicly voiced their support of marriage equality. The president's support comes at a critical moment as the rights of LGBT people are under legislative attack in Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina and elsewhere. The president understands what we do - marriage equality is about family, community, love and justice.
"Across this country, right-wing Republican politicians are seeking to divide us with attacks on immigrants, the middle class, women's health, the environment and the LGBT community - but the growing numbers of Americans who believe in marriage equality reminds us that we cannot live up to our promise as a nation until we extend equal rights to all.
"To those who have chosen to stand on the wrong side of history, we say this: There is growing momentum for equality in this country. And with each American that believes in equality, we are reminded that the continued dream of equality is our birthright, our heritage and our promise.
"For anyone who counts equality among the basic tenets of a free and just America, Pres. Obama's announcement today is a victory."