American Bar Association Unanimously Endorses LGBT Nondiscrimination Protections

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Attorney General Eric Holder speaking at the American Bar Association in 2013.

Earlier this week, the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates voted unanimously to endorse laws that protect LGBT people from discrimination. The lawyers’ organization resolved that LGBT people “have a right to be free from discrimination, threats, and violence” and condemned “all laws, regulations and rules or practices that discriminate” against people for being LGBT.

The resolution urges the repeal of all discriminatory laws and the implementation of “equal protection under the law of all LGBT people.” It also directly calls on the United States Government “to work to end discrimination against LGBT people” and ensure their equal protections under the law. Currently, there is no federal legislation being considered that would ensure that LGBT people could not be fired, evicted, or refused service based on their identities.

The ABA has 410,000 members across the country and sets ethical codes for the legal profession and academic standards for law schools. The organization has previously passed resolutions supporting marriage equality, opposing the use of “gay panic” and “trans panic” defenses in criminal cases, and calling for the passage of LGBT-inclusive anti-bullying policies.