Tuesday, August 11, 2009
UPDATE: This story which I posted over a week ago, along with the NEA voting to support full LGBT equality, seems to finally be hitting the news wires. Don't know what the delay was because these are pretty powerful statements coming from powerful organizations. So I've decided to re-post these to the main page.
The American Bar Assocation (ABA) passed a resolution that urges Congress to repeal a portion of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that denies federal marital benefits and protections to lawfully married same-sex spouses.
The resolution passed in the ABA's policy-making House of Delegates by an overwhelming voice vote despite the controversy surrounding marriage equality. No on spoke in opposition.
“This is a very modest recommendation, some would even say a conservative recommendation,” said Estelle Rogers, a lawyer with the civil rights group Advancement Project in Washington, D.C.
The measure neither favors nor opposes civil marriage for same-sex couples, she said. It merely urges the federal government to recognize the rights provided by states which allow for such marriages.