Some members of the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) are
upset with the organization deciding against allowing voters to
weigh in on the homosexual "marriage" issue next month.
SB 6239 was passed by
lawmakers and signed by the governor in February of this year,
legalizing civil homosexual marriage in the state. Now, the WSBA
Board of Governors' official position is to support the Yes on R-74
campaign. But as Brad Abramson of the Alliance Defending Freedom reports, many do not
agree with the board overlooking the efforts of traditional
marriage groups who conducted a successful petition drive to let
voters have a chance to weigh in on the measure.
"Many attorneys in Washington state disagree with the position
with respect to civil marriage for same-sex couples," Abramson
affirms. "They object to it on a variety of grounds, including
moral and religious grounds, and they object to the Washington
State Bar Association taking a position on it."
The WSBA is a mandatory association, meaning attorneys in the
state must be members and pay dues to obtain and maintain a
license. So some are upset with the organization's action,
partially on legal grounds.
"The U.S. Supreme Court in a case known as Keller v. State
Bar of California determined years ago in the 1990s that
mandatory bar associations were not allowed to engage in activities
that are of a political or ideological nature," the ADF attorney
Legal representatives who oppose the WSBA's position have
written a letter outlining their objections.
OneNewsNow last week reported on a 61-year-old grandmother
in Washington who was assaulted by a "proud" homosexual because of
her "Reject 74" paraphernalia.