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Lawyers From LGBT Group to Join Supreme Court Bar

Wednesday Jan 16, 2013

An organization of gay and lesbian lawyers says 30 of its members will be sworn into the Supreme Court bar in a courtroom ceremony next week.

The National LGBT Bar Association says it's the first time it will take part in the mass swearing-in that occurs on most days the court is in session.

Association executive director D'Arcy Kemnitz said many members already will be in Washington for President Barack Obama's inauguration on Monday. They'll be sworn in Tuesday.

By custom, a Supreme Court lawyer vouches for prospective members, and Chief Justice John Roberts welcomes them before they swear to support the Constitution.

Openly gay lawyers already practice before the Supreme Court, but Tuesday will mark the first time lawyers will be identified at the ceremony as LGBT Bar members.

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  • Oh Jed said:, 2013-01-16 11:00:40

    Something additional to make us very proud. Thank you for stepping forward as shining examples and achievement possibilities for LGBT youth in this country.

  • Vassago, 2013-01-17 01:26:14

    What they’ve achieved has nothing to do with being gay. I don’t see why it should be distinguished like that.

  • , 2013-01-18 13:32:09

    Vassago - u do not understand the rights denied LGBT citizens for the so many decades /tire centuries. As a straight person which I assume u are from your insensitivecomment, you are clueless.

  • , 2013-02-16 23:19:02

    When I was admitted to practice in the US Supreme Court, I did not go with a big group -- it was just me and my sponsor and my partner. It didn’t matter that I was gay when I was admitted to practice in front of the highest court of the country: The fact that I was gay had nothing to go with the extreme honor of being admitted to that court.

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