Bar association for 'gay marriage'

Monday, October 22, 2012
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

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.

WashingtonSB 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 cites.

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.

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