American Bar Association Unanimously Approves Resolution Opposing Anti-LGBT Discrimination

AbaAt the American Bar Association's annual meeting on Tuesday, the House of Delegates (the organization's policy body) unanimously approved a resolution denouncing anti-gay laws as human rights violations and calling for repeals of those laws. 

Read the resolution:

RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association recognizes that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people have a human right to be free from discrimination, threats and violence based on their LGBT status and condemns all laws, regulations and rules or practices that discriminate on the basis that an individual is a LGBT person;

FURTHER RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association urges the governments of countries where such discriminatory laws, regulations, and practices exist to repeal them with all deliberate speed and ensure the safety and equal protection under the law of all LGBT people;

FURTHER RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association urges other bar associations and attorneys in jurisdictions where there are such discriminatory laws or incidents of targeting of LGBT people to work to defend victims of anti-LGBT discrimination or conduct, and to recognize and support their colleagues who take these cases as human rights advocates; and

FURTHER RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association urges the United States Government, through bilateral and multilateral channels, to work to end discrimination against LGBT people and to ensure that the rights of LGBT people receive equal  protection under the law.

Last year, a similar resolution was unanimously passed “urging federal, state, local and territorial governments to pass legislation curtailing the availability and effectiveness of the use of 'gay panic' and 'trans panic' defenses by criminal defendants.”


  1. james street james says

    This is what happens when people get college degrees and do post graduate work in law schools.

    This is why the bigots have to keep their eyes on public education. It is a slippery slope to thinking.

    It is why Santorum said his kids probably shouldn’t go to college. He managed to get through law school bigotry intact, but he knows how dangerous education is. There but for the grace of god goes he.

  2. jake johns says

    shouldn’t this read, “unanimously approves resolution opposing gay discrimination”? Adding the “anti” makes it sound like they support homophobes

  3. Thedrdonna says

    Jake, they also opposed anti-trans discrimination. I suppose it could have been phrased “opposing gay and transgender discrimination”, though.

  4. DC Insider says


    The ABA has had long-standing policy in favor of gay rights. This resolution sought to address the Uganda situation, and others, that arose in the past few years. It did not take them long to respond, and they have responded in a more rapid and clear fashion than the US government.