FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 6/26/2013
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Boston Bar President J.D. Smeallie Issues Statement on Supreme Court Rulings Re: Marriage Equality
Following rulings in United States v. Windsor
and Hollingsworth v. Perry, Boston
Bar Association President J.D. Smeallie issued the following
The Boston Bar Association is a non-profit, voluntary membership organization of 10,000 attorneys drawn from private practice, corporations, government agencies, legal aid organizations, the courts, and law schools. It traces its origins to meetings convened by John Adams, the lawyer who provided pro bono representation to the British soldiers prosecuted for the Boston Massacre and went on to become the second president of the United States.
"Today the Supreme Court of the United States has delivered a
historic victory for marriage equality by ruling that the federal Defense of
Marriage Act violates the United States Constitution. We are pleased that the
court's ruling in United States v. Windsor affirms that same sex
married couples living in states recognizing marriage equality are entitled to
receive the same federal benefits as any other married couple.
Supreme Court's ruling in Hollingsworth v. Perry will have the
practical impact of permitting same sex couples in the state of California to
resume getting married. But there's obviously more work to be done before every
state in the Union recognizes marriage equality."
Underscoring its support for
marriage equality, the BBA last March joined a coalition of bar
associations and civil and human rights groups, and public interest and legal
services organizations in signing onto amicus briefs in United States v.
Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry.
The BBA's support for
marriage equality dates back to 2002 when it independently filed an amicus brief
in Goodridge, the Massachusetts case which resulted in the MA Supreme
Judicial Court overturning the prohibition against same sex marriage in the Bay