Members of California teachers unions don't have to allow their union dues to be used to support homosexual "marriage."
A considerable amount of funds raised thus far toward defeating California's Proposition 8 -- which would define marriage as between one man and one woman -- have come from two unions. And even though the Golden State does not have a right-to-work law, union members do have a say in how their dues are used.
Stefan Gleason with the National Right to Work Foundation explains. "In this situation, many teachers may be very outraged to find out that their money is being diverted into this kind of a left-wing and controversial social cause," he contends.
Gleason says union members need to learn their rights because unions are not letting them know. He explains that if members object on religious grounds, they need to submit a list of two or three organizations they can support, and they then agree with the union on a charity. "And the union may or may not agree to that. There may be some back-and-forth, but it has to be a mutually agreed upon charity," Gleason adds. "It has to be one that does not conflict with the employee's religious beliefs."
The California Teacher's Association is one of the unions supporting retaining homosexual marriage, which in May was legalized by the state supreme court.