Dougan Praises Decision Striking Down DOMA; Urges Swift Implementation for Federal Employees


Contact: Cory Bythrow, Communications Director
Phone: (202) 255-9950

In response to the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act this morning, William R. Dougan, National President of the National Federation of Federal Employees, a national union representing 110,000 federal workers throughout the U.S., issued the following statement:

“We are thrilled at the decision to strike down the harmful Defense of Marriage Act. There is no longer any reason to exclude federal workers and their loved ones from receiving equal benefits for equal work. This issue is fundamentally about fairness, and it is long past due that our LGBT brothers and sisters got their fair shake. We urge the Office of Personnel Management to move swiftly in implementing the new policy and delivering these well-deserved benefits.”


Established in 1917, the National Federation of Federal Employees is the oldest union representing civil service federal employees. NFFE represents approximately 110,000 federal employees in 35 separate departments and agencies government-wide. NFFE is affiliated with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, AFL-CIO. For more information, go to