The Congressional letters, signed by American Bar Association President
Lamm notes that the association has a unique perspective on the law because its wide range of members includes retired and active duty military personnel, military law experts, civil rights leaders and gay and lesbian lawyers.
“While there is no fundamental right to serve in the military, there is no sufficient reason in our view to continue to deprive these men and women of the opportunity to serve their country and to deprive the nation of their talent and skill,” Lamm notes.
The letters to Congress conclude by offering any legal assistance needed in crafting a new policy.
The Department of Defense letter, also signed by Lamm, advises Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates that the
With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.
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