Christian Legal Group Defies ABA on Gay Marriage

by Steve Weinstein
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Friday Aug 13, 2010

The American Bar Association in recent years has actively supported gay causes. The once-conservative organization has done an about-face on marriage, the military and other hot-button issues.

That doesn't sit well with the Alliance Defense Fund, which has set itself up as a conservative alternative to the ABA. The Christian Post reported that the ADF declared that the ABA doesn't speak for all lawyers, and that many lawyers have resigned from the ABA.

"The fact that ADF and other lawyers disagree with ABA on a number of controversial issues demonstrates the gross inaccuracy of ABA's claim that it speaks for the U.S. legal profession," said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Doug Napier, who has resigned from the ABA.

It's doubtful if many ADF supporters would have ventured to the ABA's convention, being held as it was in the belly of the beast, San Francisco. The ADF was founded in 1994 by Christian activists to support the display of Christian symbols in public spaces and oppose abortion and gay rights.

ADF founder Alan Sears co-authored The Homosexual Agenda: Exposing the Principal Threat to Religious Freedom Today, and The ACLU vs. America: Exposing the Agenda to Redefine Moral Values.

Steve Weinstein has been a regular correspondent for the International Herald Tribune, the Advocate, the Village Voice and Out. He has been covering the AIDS crisis since the early '80s, when he began his career. He is the author of "The Q Guide to Fire Island" (Alyson, 2007).


  • patroy, 2010-08-13 12:08:37

    How can you be a lawyer and be discriminatory? The law is supposed to ensure ALL laws are enforced equally and without discrimination.

  • , 2010-08-13 12:54:43

    Good morning, and a big "fuck you," to every religious organization that raises anti-gay money.

  • Elaygee, 2010-08-13 14:53:48

    So they started a facist lawyers association. Cross them off your list of lawyers to get justice for you.

  • , 2010-08-13 15:01:22

    ..and ANY lawyer who graduates from thier Fraud Law schools...will NEVER work in any (Real) Reputable Law firm.

  • Kevin G., 2010-08-13 22:32:36

    Oh dear, another "so called Christian organization" out to change the world back to the Dark Ages. Groups like this rarely have any big names in them to lend them any credibility. For any lawyer to leave for this group is the kiss of death professionally. Next stop... Dead end!

  • Disgusted, 2010-08-14 09:26:08

    HRC needs to publish a list containing the names and city/states of all ADF members so we don’t inadvertently chose one of these self- righteous bigots to handle any of our legal issues. HRC, are you listening???

  • boichild, 2010-08-15 01:58:24

    "The Homosexual Agenda: Exposing the Principal Threat to Religious Freedom Today"...what has happened to the word freedom these days?? Isn’t America supposed to be the land of the Free? "All men are created Equal..." I guess it’s just me but I don’t see how they can complain about Religious freedom if they aren’t willing to give someone else the freedom to believe as they see fit. Not everybody subscribes to the exact same point of views in this country, there are hundreds of denominations and they all have slightly altered points of interest. What ever happened to the Ten Commandments? Treat others as you would have them treat you... I may not be a very good Christian but I do live my life by those 10 relatively simple rules. I wish all Americans would.

  • BB, 2010-08-15 13:45:39

    That’s very foolish of the Christian law group. The ABA is tumescent over gay marriage. Finally, family law attorneys have a way to get at the billions of liquid assets controlled by gay men and women. Through gay divorce, estates on Martha’s Vineyard and Malibu will be built and the unassailable fortunes of gays will at long last be within reach of the lawyers’ grasping, greedy hands. YOU BET the ABA is for gay marriage! AND HOW!!!!!!!!!!

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