(Oakland, CA, January 13, 2009)—A coalition of more than 50 California labor organizations, including United Healthcare Workers (UHW) and the California Labor Federation, will file an amicus brief on Friday in support of the three lawsuits now challenging Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot initiative that added a same-sex marriage ban to the California state constitution. The labor organizations represent more than two million working men and women in California.

A message from Shannon Minter:

“This is a very significant brief from California’s labor unions,” said Shannon Price Minter, Legal Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR). “These unions represent more than 2 million working men and women in California. They have many members who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender, and they support the rights of all their members to be treated fairly and equally under the California Constitution.”

The National Center for Lesbian Rights is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education.