ABA Considers Opposing Same-Sex Marriage Bans

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The American Bar Association is considering an official policy resolution opposing bans on same-sex marriage during it's annual meeting in San Francisco.

Fourteen sub-groups have signed onto the item, including the bar associations in New York, Massachusetts, Vermont and Washington State.

The item 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.

The annual meeting coincided with U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker's decision to strike down California's gay marriage ban as unconstitutional.

Attorney David Boies, who argued against Prop 8, gave the keynote address at the event’s Opening Assembly.

We have an opportunity to expand the circle of 'wes' until there are no more 'they,' Boies said.  He urged the lawyers in attendance to work so that "liberty and equality and protection of individual rights is something that every citizen equally enjoys."

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