The American Bar Association’s governing body Tuesday voted in favor of supporting same-sex marriage at the urging of 14 groups, including two New York bar associations. The measure, supported by the New York State Bar Association and the New York City Bar, calls for the elimination of state, territorial and tribal laws restricting marriage between same-sex partners. The ABA House of Delegates voted “overwhelmingly” in favor of the resolution at its annual meeting in San Francisco, said Stephen P. Younger, president of the state bar. “It’s really a historic moment for the ABA,” said Younger, a partner at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler.

The city bar, “as one of the original sponsors of the ABA’s resolution,” is “extremely gratified” to learn of its passage, said city bar president Samuel W. Seymour, a partner at Sullivan & Cromwell.

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