ABA Considers Resolution to Redefine Marriage

PAST ACTION ALERT

Appeals to States:
Clear Barriers to Same-Sex "Marriage"

Ask Lawyers to Write to Bar Association

SAN FRANCISCO, July 16, 2010 -- When it meets for its annual convention in San Francisco, August 5 - 10, 2010, the American Bar Association will be considering a resolution appealing for the redefinition of marriage at the state level .

ACTION:

  1. Contact lawyers you know who support the "traditional" definition of marriage.
  2. Ask to them to contact the American Bar Association right away.

Details and sample letters are below.

From the American Bar Association:

Fourteen groups represented in the House of Delegates have combined forces to sponsor the measure on same-sex marriage.  It would urge state-level governments to eliminate all legal barriers to civil marriage between two persons of the same sex who are otherwise eligible to marry and build on a 2004 ABA policy opposing a federal constitutional amendment to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman and prohibit states from allowing same sex couples to enter civil marriage.  The new proposal is sponsored by state bar associations in Massachusetts, New York, Vermont and Washington; local bar associations in Beverly Hills, New York City and San Francisco; ABA sections on individual rights and responsibilities and on tort law, and the ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division; as well as the National LGBT Bar Association.

Sample letters for lawyers:

Contacting the ABA

1.       Address:      321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654-7598;

2.       Telephone:  312-988-5000 or 800-285-2221;

3.       Facsimile:    312-988-5153; and

4.       E-Mail:        ABA members may e-mail communications to the ABA by logging into the contact portal on the ABA website.  There are also two other e-mail addresses, available to both members and non-members, that may be of assistance: (a) askaba@abanet.org (designated for “General Questions”) and abamtgs@abanet.org (designated for ABA Meetings and Events).



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