American Bar Assn adopts gay marriage resolution

by on August 10, 2010  •  In Marriage

The American Bar Association’s 561-member House of Delegates today approved a measure by a voice vote that urges states and territories to eliminate any laws that restrict marriage between gay couples. The ABA's action is another signal of a sea change within the legal profession on lgbt issues.

Incoming ABA President Stephen Zack spoke in favor of the proposed resolution, asking, “Why would anyone in this country not want two people who love each other to enjoy the blessings of marriage and the protections of law?” Former president Tommy Wells also spoke in favor of it.

The resolution was debated for a brief time after past president of the Ohio State Bar Association, Leslie W. Jacobs, objected to the measure and sought a motion to table it. His motion was ruled out of order and the measure was then passed by a voice vote.

The resolution reads

“RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association urges state, territorial, and tribal governments to eliminate all of their legal barriers to civil marriage between two persons of the same sex who are otherwise eligible to marry.”


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