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National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

1612 K Street N.W., Suite 1400
Washington, DC 20006


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Aleli Samson

November 3, 2008

(202) 775-9555

NAPABA URGES CALIFORNIA VOTERS TO DEFEAT PROPOSITION 8,
WHICH WOULD ELIMINATE THE RIGHT TO SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IN CALIFORNIA

Washington, DC – The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors and law students, urges California voters to vote against and defeat Proposition 8, a California ballot initiative that would eliminate the right to same-sex marriage. In May of this year, the California Supreme Court held that sexual orientation “does not constitute a legitimate basis upon which to deny or withhold legal rights.”

NAPABA has joined the Unity Coalition, a group comprised of over 60 bar associations and civil rights organizations—local and national in scope—who are opposed to Proposition 8. This partnership, organized by the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Marriage Task Force, includes several of NAPABA’s affiliates in California, such as the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, the Korean American Bar Association of Northern California, the Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego, the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California, the South Asian Bar Association of Southern California, and the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California.

“Asian Pacific Americans were historically denied the fundamental right to marry, and NAPABA is proud to support this fundamental right for all,” stated Helen B. Kim, President of NAPABA. Kim added, “We applaud the hard work many NAPABA affiliates are doing to defeat Proposition 8.”

NAPABA’s recent support for same-sex marriage in California began last fall when NAPABA joined an amicus brief to the California Supreme Court in support of striking California’s ban on same-sex marriage. In its decision, the Court held that the ban violated California’s Constitution.

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The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of over 40,000 attorneys and approximately 57 local Asian Pacific American bar associations. Its members represent solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal service and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government. NAPABA continues to be a leader in addressing civil rights issues confronting Asian Pacific American communities. Through its national network of committees and affiliates, NAPABA provides a strong voice for increased diversity of federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes professional development of minorities in the legal profession.


 

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