National Asian Pacific
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Washington, DC 20006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 26, 2013
Contact: Azizah Ahmad
NAPABA SUPPORTS MARRIAGE EQUALITY AS U.S. SUPREME COURT
HEARS ORAL ARGUMENTS IN SAME-SEX MARRIAGE CASES
WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Supreme Court heard the
first of two oral arguments regarding the constitutionality of same-sex
marriage. The first case is Hollingsworth v. Perry, a challenge
to California's Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage in the
state. Tomorrow, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in United States v. Windsor,
which challenges the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). DOMA was
signed into law in 1996 and denies same-sex couples access to federal
protections such as Social Security benefits, veterans' benefits, health
insurance, and retirement savings benefits. The decisions in both cases
will likely be announced in June.
"We strongly support marriage equality and encourage
the Court to uphold equal protection for same-sex couples," said Wendy
Shiba, president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
(NAPABA). "Anti-miscegenation laws, which denied Asian Pacific Americans
the right to marry freely, have a shameful history in our country.
Americans of all races, sex, color, creed, or sexual orientation should
have the right to marry the person they love and be treated equally
under the law."
NAPABA has long supported marriage equality. In 2008,
NAPABA and six of its affiliates were among the 60 local, state, and
national Asian Pacific American organizations that filed amicus briefs
supporting equal marriage rights for same-sex couples in California.
NAPABA has also joined amicus briefs in lower court proceedings in the Perry and Windsor cases. This year, NAPABA joined amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court in support of marriage equality in Hollingsworth v. Perry and Windsor v. United States.
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 63 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 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
people of color in the legal profession.