Last updated on: 3/18/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

American Bar Association Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“[T]he 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.

Many gay and lesbian people seek a committed, lifelong partnership with another adult, and to raise children. ABA policy has kept pace with our society’s evolving understanding that gay and lesbian people are healthy, functioning contributors to our society who face discrimination – both as individuals and as families…

This proposed recommendation will signal the ABA’s support for the extension of equal marriage rights to same-sex couples under state, territorial, and tribal law, as consistent with our country’s constitutional principles of equal protection and due process, as well as states’ strong interest in protecting and fostering the family unit…

In addition, the denial of these important protections harms the hundreds of thousands of children being raised by same-sex couples. Treating same-sex couples differently not only tangibly harms those individuals, couples, and their families, but also stigmatizes them and their children by deeming them unworthy to enjoy fundamental and equal citizenship rights.”

“Resolution 111,” abanet.org, Aug. 10, 2010

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPS/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“[T]he largest voluntary professional association in the world. With nearly 400,000 members, the ABA provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, information about the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work, and initiatives to improve the legal system for the public.”

“About the ABA,” ABA website (accessed Mar. 7, 2011)

Mission:

“To serve equally our members, our profession and the public by defending liberty and delivering justice as the national representative of the legal profession.”

“About the ABA,” ABA website (accessed Mar. 7, 2011)

Other:
Voluntary professional association
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?