National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
1612 K Street NW, Suite 1400
Washington, DC 20006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 26, 2013
Contact: Emily Chatterjee
NAPABA APPLAUDS MARRIAGE EQUALITY DECISIONS
WASHINGTON - In two watershed marriage equality decisions announced today, the U.S. Supreme Court held in United States v. Windsor that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, and found that proponents of Proposition 8 in Perry v. Hollingsworth
lack standing to appeal the federal district court decision, which
struck down the amendment. The National Asian Pacific American Bar
Association (NAPABA) has long supported marriage equality, and joined
amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court as well as in lower court
proceedings in both cases.
"Today is a historic day for
our nation as we move one step closer to equality for all Americans,"
said Wendy C. Shiba, president of NAPABA. "As a Californian, I am
especially proud that NAPABA has supported marriage equality in Windsor and Perry, and in many other cases, and we look forward to the implementation of both decisions."
DOMA, a federal law that denies legally married same-sex couples the
same federal benefits provided to heterosexual spouses. Justice Kennedy
delivered the 5-4 decision and held that "though Congress has great
authority to design laws to fit its own conception of sound national
policy, it cannot deny the liberty protected by the Due Process Clause
of the Fifth Amendment."
In Perry, Chief
Justice Roberts led the 5-4 Court in dismissing an appeal to reinstate
California's Proposition 8, a voter-passed measure outlawing marriage
between same-sex couples because of lack of standing. Chief Justice John
Roberts wrote in the majority opinion "[w]e have never before upheld
the standing of a private party to defend the constitutionality of a
state statute when state officials have chosen not to. We decline to do
so for the first time here."
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 66 state
and local Asian Pacific American bar associations. Its members include
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 the federal and state judiciaries,
advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate
hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes the professional
development of people of color in the legal profession.