To protect that right, every unjustifiable intrusion by the government upon the privacy of the individual, whatever that means employed, must be deemed a violation of the Fourth Amendment.” – Justice Louis D. Brandeis, Olmstead v. U.S. 438, 478 (1928)
The Boston Bar Association has worked tirelessly on the issue of marriage equality since filing an independent amicus brief in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health in 2002. See how else we have supported marriage equality over the years here.


The Issues

Privacy

As data collection and information networks expand, data security and privacy issues are increasingly a central part of the legal landscape.  Legislators, regulators, businesses and lawyers are under increasing pressure to draft and implement effective laws, regulations, and security and privacy programs under rapidly changing technological, business and legal conditions. 

Marriage Equality

The BBA believes that civil marriage is a basic civil rights issue fundamental to the freedoms and privileges guaranteed by the 14th amendment.  In recent years, the BBA has taken other actions in support of same-sex marriage, including:

In 2002, we filed an independent amicus brief in support of same-sex couples seeking the right to marry in
Goodridge v. Dept. of Public Health. In the brief, we argued that denying civil marriage licenses violated the Massachusetts Constitution.

In 2005, we drafted a brief supporting the position of Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) in
Cote-Whiteacre v. Dept. of Pub Health. We argued that the 1913 statute, which prevents non-resident couples from marrying in Massachusetts if that marriage would be void in their home state, was unconstitutional.

Death Penalty

The BBA has repeatedly opposed legislation that would reinstitute capitol punishment and filed an amicus brief in Commonwealth v. Colon-Cruz. Our arguments point to flaws in the justice system, the death penalty's disproportionate effect on minority populations, and its failure to deter violent crime, and the fallibility of the justice system

See More of Our Work

For more information or to learn how to get involved, please email Michael Avitzur, Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs, at mavtizur@bostonbar.org.