The American Bar Association
Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities
COMMITTEE EXCELLENCE AWARD
COMMITTEE ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION
AND GENDER IDENTITY
For its exemplary leadership in advancing the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered persons, contributing vitally to American Bar Association civil and human rights policy, and furthering the Section's mission of providing leadership to the legal profession in protecting and advancing human rights, civil liberties, and social justice. The Committee's work has included:
- Continuously educating ABA members, the wider bar, and the general public about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues through programs and publications, most recently in the summer 2003 issue of the award-winning Human Rights magazine, which addresses such LGBT legal issues as same-sex marriage, the effects of immigration barriers on same-sex couples, family law matters, and employment discrimination;
- Advocating ABA policies since the Committee's founding in 1983 that oppose discrimination against LGBT persons in employment, housing, public accommodations, education, and the military, and in their intimate family relationships;
- Initiating ABA amicus curiae briefs in the most significant gay and lesbian rights cases decided by the U. S. Supreme Court during the past decade, including Lawrence and Garner v. Texas (2003), in which the Court struck down the Texas Homosexual Conduct Law under the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment; Boy Scouts of America v. Dale (2000), in which the Court narrowly rejected a challenge to the discriminatory policies of the Boy Scouts; and Romer v. Evans (1995), in which the Court struck down an amendment to the Colorado constitution which purported to prohibit local jurisdictions from providing civil rights protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation; and
- Fostering strong Committee growth and member involvement through community outreach.
It is therefore with great appreciation for the dedication of Committee members past and present, and with immense pride in the Committee's record of achievement, that we present this award to the ABA Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities' Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and its 2002-03 officers, Courtney Joslin (Co-chair), Patrick McGlone (Co-chair), Mary Bonauto (Vice Chair), Barrett Brick (Vice Chair), Richard Clarkson (Vice Chair), Glenn Stover (Vice Chair), and Hector Vargas (Vice Chair), this 8th day of August 2003.