Elimination of Discrimination

The ABA supports the enactment, enforcement, and preservation of laws to eliminate or prevent discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, gender, disabilities, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Specifically, the ABA supports the Paycheck Fairness Act to strengthen gender-based pay discrimination protection under the Equal Pay Act of 1964 and enhancement of remedies under the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The ABA also supports legislation prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and real or perceived gender identity in employment, housing, public accommodations, and juror selection. The ABA also urges repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act to make clear that all marriages validly licensed and recognized by the various states must be recognized by the federal government.