ABA agrees with Judge Walker’s ruling

David Boies

This week, the American Bar Association agreed with Judge Vaughn Walker. Gays and lesbians should have the right to civil marriage. They said marriage should be legal in all 50 states.

Only one person spoke against the policy, which passed overwhelmingly on a voice vote by the ABA’s House of Delegates. This is the first endorsement of the Prop 8 ruling by a national organization.

David Boies, one of the attorneys who argued the California case, called the endorsement significant.

“The ABA obviously is the most respected legal organization in the United States, and probably the world, and its opinion will be listened to by legislators and courts,” he said.

—  David Taffet

ABA opposes DADT

I am (or used to be) a member of the American Bar Association, a group that skews a little liberal (it gave Anita Hill it’s lawyer of the year award back in 1991 for obviously political reasons), but is still filled with old corporate types and plenty of retired and active-duty military personnel. So I was pleased to see that the trade organ for lawyers has officially come out against “Don’t ask, don’t tell.”

In separate letters to Congress (both chambers) and the Department of Defense, the ABA not only called to DADT’s elimination, but offered assistance in drafting legislation that assures the equal rights of gay and lesbian servicemembers.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones