Federal Government Deepens Its Anti-LGBT Stance

Racial Justice

Statement in Response to the Federal Government’s Anti-LGBT Stance 

Since 1968, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice has fought steadfastly against discrimination. We dream of a society where every person – regardless of race, color, creed, age, national origin, immigration status, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, and disability – can contribute their skills and talents to make our country a better place for us all.

We are deeply concerned with the anti-LGBT arguments recently made by the U.S. Department of Justice in a legal brief filed in the Supreme Court. According to the brief, businesses have the right to deny same-sex couples access to the services they would otherwise provide for customers. This is part-and-parcel of a disturbing effort to erode anti-discrimination protections. The federal government is making it more difficult for victims of discrimination to access legal protection and relief. This opens the door to further social and economic injustices.

This latest anti-LGBT legal stance also comes on the heels of President Trump’s shameful attempt to categorically exclude heroic Americans from military service based on their gender identity.

We are all diminished when any one of us is treated unequally. At the Lawyers’ Committee, we will continue to fight for justice and equality for all.