ABA May Bar Judges From Anti-Gay Groups ATLANTA - Judges are on the front line of battles over legal rights for same-sex couples and should never belong to an organization that discriminates against gays, supporters of a proposed change to American Bar Association ethics rules argued Friday. Judges are already prohibited from joining clubs that discriminate based on race or sex. An ABA panel is debating whether to make groups that discriminate against gays off limits as well. "Judges are human beings too. They should be allowed to exercise their First Amendment rights of free association," said Frederic Smalkin, a senior federal judge who teaches law at the University of Maryland. http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tm...&e=10&u=/ap/20040806/ap_on_re_us/lawyers_gays I'm sorry, but no matter what you think of gays it should not be legal to tell someone that their job depends on not belonging to groups who don't agree with it! That means that a judge can't belong to the catholic church? Boy scouts? Military? That is a load of bull____! I have never before been glad I wasn't a member of the bar...I'm ecstatic now.