Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Policy and the Law

ABA Policies Related to Issues of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

ABA Policies Related to Issues of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

ABA LGBTQ Policies

The links below provides an overview of the progress that the American Bar Association has made in advancing sexual orientation and gender identity issues and policies.

ABA Policy Document

The Equality Act:
Resolution 114
ABA Support for H.R. 5, Equality Act of 2019

Title VII:
GG Amicus Brief
Resolution 116A

Ban on Transgender Individuals from Serving in the Armed Forces:
Trans Military Ban Bill, House Resolution 124
Resolution 118

 

Federal Public Policy

Further Amendments to Executive Order 11478, Equal Employment Opportunity in the Federal Government, and Executive Order 11246, Equal Employment Opportunity

Federal Final Rule Prohibiting Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

FMLA and Federal Employees in Same-sex Marriages

NY Congressman Jerrold Nadler Leads Bipartisan Letter to Protect LGBT Rights at 2014 Olympic Games in Russia

On 6/19/13, the Peace Corps announced a request for comments on placement of same sex domestic partners. Comments are due 8/19/13. FR36794

HR 2364 (Israel, D-NY), to amend the Equal Credit Opportunity Act to prohibit discrimination on account of sexual orientation or gender identity when extending credit; to Financial Services. CR 6/13/13, H3591.

S 1159 (Murray, D-WA), to amend the Equal Credit Opportunity Act to prohibit discrimination on account of sexual orientation or gender identity when extending credit; to Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. CR 6/13/13, S4481.

S 1069 (Gillibrand, D-NY), to prohibit discrimination in adoption or foster care placements based on the sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status of any prospective adoptive or foster parent, or the sexual orientation or gender identity of the child involved; to Finance. CR 5/23/13, S3844.

S 989 (Schatz, D-HI), to eliminate the prerequisite of direct appropriations relating to collection of health data and to modify standards for measuring sexual orientation and gender identity; to Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. CR 5/20/13, S3614.

HR 2028 (Lewis, D-GA), to prohibit discrimination in adoption or foster care placements based on the sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status of any prospective adoptive or foster parent, or the sexual orientation or gender identity of the child involved; to Ways and Means. CR 5/16/13, H2717.

HR 1652 (Polis, D-CO), to end discrimination based on actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity in public schools; to Education and the Workforce. CR 4 /18/13, H2158.

H Con Res 33 (Engle, D-NY), supporting the goals and ideals of the National Day of Silence in bringing attention to anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender name-calling, bullying, and harassment faced by individuals in schools; to Education and the Workforce, and Judiciary. CR 4/18/13, H2159.

Letter from ABA President Wm. T. Robinson III to the U.S. Senate in support of ENDA

Read the ABA Policy Office Letter to the U.S. Congress urging the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)

'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Advocacy Letters

Prop 8 "Same-Sex Marriage--Moving Beyond State Courts"

Lawyers Speak Out Against Personal Attacks on Judges

ABA Member Christopher Nugent provides testimony during a 2009 U.S. Senate hearing in support of the Uniting Americans Family Act (UAFA)