The nearly 400,000 member American Bar Association takes a stand for LGBT rights

Group 'condemns all laws, regulations and rules or practices that discriminate' against an LGBT person

The nearly 400,000 member American Bar Association takes a stand for LGBT rights
15 August 2014

At its annual meeting in Boston this week, the American Bar Association officially adopted a policy recognizing the rights of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender as basic human rights.

A four paragraph resolution passed by the association’s 560-member House of Delegates condemns laws, regulations, rules and practices that discriminate against LGBT people on the basis of their status and encourages the US government to work to end this discrimination.

Without naming such countries as Russia or Uganda by name, the resolution urges the governments of countries where such discriminatory laws, regulations, and practices exist to repeal them ‘with all deliberate speed.’

It urges the countries to ‘ensure the safety and equal protection under the law of all LGBT people.’

The association is also calling on ABA members where laws targeting of LGBT people exist to work to defend victims of discrimination and ‘to recognize and support  their colleagues who take these cases as human rights advocates.’

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons is now officially out as a gay man

Two-time Emmy winner confirms he has been in 10-year relationship
No thumbnail available

Hercules & Love Affair added to Brighton Pride lineup

Disco pop trio join Fatboy Slim and Jess Glynne on this year's bill
No thumbnail available

Stephen Gately's family want new probe into his death

The Boyzone singer's family and husband are battling over his estate
No thumbnail available

Santorum worried about classrooms

Sen. Santorum fears gay marriages will be taught in the classrooms
No thumbnail available

Straight couple arrested for gay sex in Tanzania

A 24-year-old male and 23-year-old female could face life imprisonment
No thumbnail available

Pope will fly to Uganda to worship martyrs who rejected gay sex

Catholic martyrs were canonized after an African king had them executed for not sleeping with him
No thumbnail available

Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin gearing up for more state marriage fights

Says Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, and Rhode Island are next
No thumbnail available

Indiana governor was surrounded by anti-gay activists when he signed religious freedom bill

Mike Pence has insisted his signing of SB101 was not about anti-gay discrimination
No thumbnail available

Marriage equality dinner almost sold out

A charity dinner organised by Australian Marriage Equality to raise money towards the cause has almost sold out
No thumbnail available

Lou Reed 'forgives' mother for electroshock therapy used to cure him of gay desire

Reed's 1974 song Kill Your Sons rails against doctors who used electroshock therapy to end his gay sexual attraction