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Statement of Carolyn B. Lamm, President, _ Re: Ruling of Judge Vaughn Walker on Proposition 8

The ruling of the Northern District of California certainly points out what a very significant legal issue or series of issues marriage equality raises.  We know that marriage equality impacts issues in families’ lives — taxation, succession, custody of children, breakup and others.  As the nation’s largest organization of lawyers, we in fact need to consider these issues because it impacts the lives of the public.  We will be debating them on Monday and this certainly helps to inform our debate.

With nearly 400,000 members, the _ is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world.  As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

Aug. 5, 2010

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The _ is holding its Annual Meeting in San Francisco through Aug. 10.  The association’s policymaking House of Delegates will meet Aug. 9 – 10 to debate recommendations brought before it, including recommendation 111 relating to marriage equality.