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June 30, 2023

Statement of ABA President Deborah Enix-Ross Re: Creative 303 v Elenis ruling

WASHINGTON, June 30, 2023 — Following today’s Supreme Court decision in Creative 303 v Elenis, the American Bar Association calls on Congress to pass the Equality Act which will better safeguard the rights of LGBTQ+ people.

The ABA recognizes the rights of individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender as basic human rights. The ABA supports laws, regulations, rules and practices that support equality for LGBTQ+ people.

It can be challenging to balance First Amendment rights such as freedom of speech or religion against antidiscrimination laws. But laws protecting against LGBTQ+ discrimination are as important as laws protecting against other forms of discrimination.

The ABA is the largest voluntary association of lawyers in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.