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Georgia women’s legal group divided over same-sex marriage

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Several members of the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers have resigned and many more signed a letter expressing disappointment after the organization did not take a stand on marriage equality for same-sex couples.

On April 10, four former presidents of GAWL and the current president of the Atlanta Bar Association, as well as 51 other members, signed a letter from its Public Affairs Committee & Feminist Affinity Group to the bar association's leadership stating their dissatisfaction that the bar association chose not to join in an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court against California's Prop. 8, which ended same-sex marriage in the state.

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Atlanta Bar Association comes out in support of gay marriage

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The Atlanta Bar Association voted unanimously this month to sign on to an amicus brief — a legal brief filed by a person or group that is not a party in the case but has a strong interest in it — urging the U.S. Supreme Court strike down Prop 8 in California and allow for legal marriages of same-sex couples.

The Atlanta Bar Association's  board of directors, which has one openly gay member, is one of numerous non-LGBT bar organizations and other groups recruited to support marriage equality and ask the nation's highest court to rule against Prop 8 by lawyers in California with the Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP firm with offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco.