Monday, the American Bar Association took an important stand for family equality at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada. The House of Delegates passed Resolution 113 at the urging of the LGBT Bar.
ABA House of Delegates Resolution 113 reaffirms that LGBTQ+ individuals are equal under the law and therefore possess the fundamental right to parent and raise children free from discrimination or unreasonable interference from all forms of government. The resolution also urges lawmakers in jurisdictions where discriminatory laws, regulations, and practices targeting LGBTQ+ families exist to repeal such policies.
With this resolution, the American Bar Association encourages lawmakers at federal, state, local, territorial, and tribal levels to work to end discrimination against LGBTQ+ parents and to ensure that LGBTQ+ parents and their families receive equal protection under the law.
The National LGBT Bar Association is delighted and proud that the American Bar Association has recognized the fundamental right of all Americans to parent, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. We are one step closer to full equality under the law with the passage of Resolution 113.