Hispanic National Bar Association Applauds Federal Court Decision to Declare DOMA Unconstitutional

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 22, 2012

Hispanic National Bar Association Applauds Federal Court Decision to Declare DOMA Unconstitutional

Washington, DC (10/22/2012)– Hispanic National Bar Association National President Peter M. Reyes, Jr. applauds the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, New York, to declare the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.

On October 18, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued its decision in Windsor v. United States of America, in which it struck down as unconstitutional Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”), which limits federal recognition of marriage to opposite sex unions. The Hispanic National Bar Association (“HNBA”) signed onto an amicus brief in the case, which argued that laws which discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation should be subjected to heightened scrutiny. The Second Circuit agreed, recognizing for the first time the long history of discrimination suffered by LGBT people in this country, and found that Section 3 of DOMA fails that test in its landmark decision.

“Our bar association has been a longtime advocate for the repeal of DOMA, and we applaud the court on its historic decision to strike down this discriminatory act. The HNBA commends the Second Circuit for its affirmation of equal rights for homosexuals and same-sex couples,” stated Peter M. Reyes, Jr., National President of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA). “This decision is the first federal appeals court decision in the nation to hold that classifications based on sexual orientation should be subject to heightened scrutiny.”

About the Hispanic National Bar Association

The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is an incorporated, not-for-profit, national membership organization that represents the interests of the more than 100,000 Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, legal assistants, and law students in the United States and its territories. From the days of its founding four decades ago, the HNBA has acted as a force for positive change within the legal profession. It does so by encouraging Latino students to choose a career in the law and by prompting their advancement within the profession once they graduate and start practicing. Through a combination of issue advocacy, programmatic activities, networking events and educational conferences, the HNBA has helped generations of lawyers succeed.

 

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