The Chicago Bar Association, one of the nation’s oldest and largest groups of lawyers and judges, approved a resolution last month stating its support of full marriage equality for Illinois same-sex couples.
The CBA Board of Managers unanimously voted to approve the policy at its September meeting, according to its official announcement Wednesday.
“The CBA sees this issue as a simple one,” said CBA President Aurora Abella-Austriaco. “The policy statement is just one line, ‘The Chicago Bar Association supports marriage equality for same-sex couples.’”
In August 2010, the American Bar Association approved a similar measure, reaffirming its longtime support of the rights of gays and lesbians by backing nationwide recognition of full marriage rights.
“I think it’s a great statement and reflects the fact that marriage equality is becoming the mainstream position to hold even among organizations as old and established as CBA,” said Jacob Meister of the law firm Jacob Meister & Associates and governing board president of The Civil Rights Agenda, an LGBT civil rights advocacy non-profit. “CBA has been consistently good with LGBT issues.”
Next month, oral arguments begin in a legal challenge to Illinois’s ban on same-sex marriage led by Lambda Legal and the ACLU of Illinois on behalf of 25 gay and lesbian couples who sought marriage licenses but were denied.