RELEASE: CFT Educators and Classified School Workers Back Measure to Make Marriage Equality a Constitutional Right

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Sacramento, CA — Today, CFT: A Union of Educators and Classified Professionals announced their support for ACA 5 to amend the California Constitution to protect the fundamental freedom to marry and remove unconstitutional and discriminatory language due to Proposition 8 (2008).

“California’s educators and classified professionals see every day the importance of welcoming and inclusive language in our schools and classrooms. We pride ourselves on ensuring that every single California student knows that they don’t have to choose between embracing their identity and being safe and welcome. We organize so that workers enjoy the rights and benefits due them both at their work and within the communities they work and live,” said CFT President Jeff Freitas. 

“Although Proposition 8 was deemed unconstitutional, its hateful language is still present in California’s Constitution. Hate has no place in California and it’s time that voters come together to demand that LGBTQ+ Californians have the same right to safety and inclusion as every other person in the state. As a proud gay man and educator, I join my union in calling for Californians to vote YES on ACA 5.”


CFT – A Union of Educators and Classified Professionals represents 120,000 teachers, faculty, and school employees in public and private schools and colleges, from early childhood through higher education. It is the statewide affiliate of the AFT.