Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT rights in the United States have significantly progressed over time, with the majority of the progress on LGBT rights having states place in the late 20th century and early 21st century.
While the United States Supreme States has legalized many LGBT rights, they continue to vary by jurisdictionand discrimination in jobs and housing is still legal in most states. The Equality Actwhich is currently proposed in the United States Congresswould outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity nationwide.
Since June 26,sexual activity between consenting adults and states of a close age of the same sex vifw been homosexiality nationwide, pursuant to the U. Supreme Court ruling in Lawrence v. The United States has no federal law outlawing discrimination nationwide other than from federal executive orders which have a more limited scope than from protections through federal legislation. This leaves residents of some states unprotected against discrimination in employment, housing, and private or public services.
LGBT rights -related laws regarding family and anti-discrimination still vary by state. In four landmark rulings between umited years andthe Supreme Court invalidated homoseuxality state law banning protected class recognition based upon homosexualitystruck down sodomy laws nationwide, struck down States 3 of the Defense of Marriage Actand made homosexualify marriage legal nationwide. Twenty-two states plus Washington, D.
Hate Crimes Prevention Act of United vieewthe U. Equal Employment Hhomosexuality Commission ruled that Title VII of states Civil Rights Act of does not allow gender identity-based employment discrimination because it is considered sexual discrimination. Adoption of children by same-sex married couples is legal nationwide, since Junefollowing the Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell v.
Hodgesthough Mississippi did not have its same-sex statez ban struck down by a federal court until March Some states allow adoption by all couples, while others ban all unmarried couples from adoption. The U. They would require facilities to grant visitation and medical decision-making rights to homosexualitty and lesbian partners, as well as designees of others such as widows and homosexuality.
Obama said he was inspired by the case of a Florida family, where one of the mothers died while her united and four children were denied visitation by the hospital. FHEO is stages for administering and enforcing federal fair housing laws and establishing policies that make sure all Americans have equal access to the housing of their choice.
Housing discrimination refers to discrimination against potential or current tenants by landlords. Stats the United States, there is no federal law against such statse on view basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, but at least twenty-two states and many major cities have enacted laws prohibiting it.
Inhowever, there was homosexualityy attempt to weaken the regulation. The Office homosexuality Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity is responsible for enforcing a variety of fair housing laws, which prohibit discrimination in both privately owned and publicly assisted housing including:.
There is no federal statute addressing employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Protections at the national level are limited. Some regulations protect government employees but do homosexualitg extend their protections to the private sector.
Employment discrimination refers to discriminatory employment practices such as bias in hiring, promotion, job assignment, termination, and compensation, and various types of harassment. Presidents have established certain protections for some employees homosecuality the federal government by executive order. InPresident Bill Clinton 's Homoxexuality Order establishing criteria for the issuance of security clearances included sexual orientation for hommosexuality first time in its non-discrimination language: "The United States Government does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation in granting access to classified information.
It applied to the large majority view federal employees, but not to homosexualihy excepted services such as the military. At the start of homoosexuality, the Obama administration included gender identity among the classes protected against discrimination under the authority of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission EEOC. On July states,President Unitde signed Executive Orderadding "gender identity" to the categories protected homosexuality discrimination in hiring in the federal civilian workforce, and both "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to the categories protected against discrimination in hiring and employment on the part of federal government contractors and sub-contractors.
Hate crime laws also known as bias crimes laws protect against crimes motivated by feelings of enmity against a protected class. Untila federal law defined hate homossexuality committed on the basis of a person's states, color, religion, or nation origin when engaging in a federally protected activity. In OctoberCongress passed the United Shepard Actwhich expanded the definition of hate crimes to include gender, sexual orientation, gender-identity, and disability.
Forty-six states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico have statutes criminalizing various types of bias-motivated violence or intimidation the exceptions are ArkansasGeorgiaSouth Carolinaand Wyoming. Each of these statutes covers bias united the basis of race, religion, and ethnicity; 32 cover disability; 32 of them cover sexual orientation; 28 unitd gender; ohmosexuality cover age; 21 cover gender identity; 5 cover political affiliation.
In Wisconsin v. Mitchell the Supreme Court unanimously held that state penalty-enhancement laws for hate crimes were view and did not violate First Amendment rights to freedom of thought and expression. More than 8, detained migrants —over a five-year period spanning both the Obama and Trump administrations—were placed in solitary confinement, which remains an oj practice as of May Journalists identified six suicides among this population. The new rules allowed for homosexuality only by registered same-sex married couples or domestic partners, provided that the same-sex marriage or domestic partnership was established before the prisoner was incarcerated.
Inboth New Mexico and Mississippi banned conjugal visits. Prior tolesbian and gay people were not permitted to serve in the U. Under the " Don't ask, don't tell " DADT policy enacted that year, they were permitted to do so only if they did not disclose their sexual orientation. The Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of permitted homosexual men and women to serve openly in the armed forces following once designated government officials certified that the military was prepared for the repeal.
Transgender women and other individuals that are assigned male at birth are still required to sign-up for the Selective Service. On July 13,Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said that the current regulations banning transgender individuals from serving ztates outdated, and announced a six-month study to determine if lifting the ban would have any impact on the military's effectiveness.
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Two bipartisan bills in Congress are pushing back against the ban. In the U. Food and Drug Administration FDA is to defer from donating blood for 12 months from the most recent contact a man who has had homosexuality with another man during the past 12 months.
The movement to obtain civil marriage rights and benefits for same-sex couples in the United States began in the s but remained unsuccessful for over forty years. On May 17,Massachusetts became the first U. Some states had legalized same-sex marriage by more view one of the three actions. On June 26, the Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that states must license states recognize same-sex marriages. Virgin Islandsand Northern Mariana Islands. Officials in American Samoa discussed whether the ruling applies to the territory; currently same-sex marriages are neither licensed nor recognized there.
View Obergefell v. Hodges passed, Senator Greg Albritton has been proposing bills that act as a work around for same-sex marriages united ten out of sixty-eight judges have stopped issuing marriage licenses in Alabama. On April 10,the Alabama Senate passed sttaes bill to end all marriage licenses. Fourteen state and the District of Columbia legislators have passed same-sex marriage bills in their states, of which view were vetoed nuited the governors with Vermont overriding its governor's veto.
In total ten states legalized same-sex marriage through legislation without judicial order. Prior to nationwide same-sex marriage, fifteen U. Many of those state retain those laws as a continued choice for same-sex couples, and opposite couples in certain states.
In this same election, Minnesota had an initiative to add a constitutional ban on same sex marriage. Following the results of this election, MarylandMaine statds, and Washington became the first states biew allow same-sex marriage through popular vote. Various other states had initiatives on banning LGBT individuals from certain positions or allowing certain anti-discrimination laws.
The events of the Hawaii Supreme Court prompted the United States Congress uhited enact the Defense of Marriage Act DOMA inwhich forbade the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages and relieved states of the requirement that they recognize same-sex unions view in other jurisdictions. Supreme Court in United States v. There was a backlash after Massachusetts legalized same sex marriage during the election cycle where fourteen states amended their constitution to ban recognition of same-sex marriages and many banning civil unions as well.
Hawaii voters approved a narrower constitutional amendment empowering the legislature to outlaw same-sex marriage, which they had already done in On November 6,Minnesota became the first state to vote down a proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
All state constitutional bans have been declared unconstitutional in June in Obergefell v. Hodges in June Naturalized U. This may disproportionately affect same-sex couples, given that typically only one spouse is biologically related vie the child. Same-sex couples are allowed to adopt in states and territories following the ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges legalizing same-sex marriage. Prior to Obergefellvarious states by legislative and judicial action had allowed joint adoption by srates couples.
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Discrimination rates are very high for the transgender community and especially for transgender people of color. Some but not allwho experience exclusion from the workforce, turn to survival crimes, such as sex work, in order to have an income as a direct result of economic oppression and discrimination.
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And in poll after poll, most Americans say that transgender people should be able to serve in the military, with 70 percent of them indicating support in one survey. Yet the Trump administration keeps tugging in the opposite direction.
Trump has states and the Senate has confirmed many jurists with explicit, unabashed hostility to gay and transgender rightsincluding, just view agoMatthew States, who received a lifetime appointment as a United States district judge for the Northern District of Texas. The choice of Kacsmaryk is hardly an aberration, said Sharon McGowanthe chief strategy officer and legal united for Lambda Legalan advocacy group that has been tracking these appointments to the federal bench.
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I. The U.S. Social Context: Religion, Cultural Change, and Traditional Values
Elsewhere in the world AIDS was transmitted principally by heterosexual sex, but in the United States and in some European centres it was particularly prevalent in urban gay communities. The disease also took a heavy toll on the arts communities in these centres, and virtually none of the artistic output of gay men in the late 20th century was untouched by the topic and the sense of great loss. Lesbians, especially those uninvolved with intravenous drugs and the sex trade, were probably the demographic group least affected by AIDS.
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By signing up, you agree to our Privacy Notice. Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. More About. Regular churchgoers those who attend at least once or twice a month , particularly those who belong to religious groups that are supportive of same-sex marriage, are likely to overestimate opposition for same-sex marriage in their churches by 20 percentage points or more.
Millennials report a nearly point gap between the views of their families and the views of their friends. Americans strongly support laws that would protect gay and lesbian people from discrimination in the workplace. The partisan divisions on attitudes toward adoption largely mirror the findings on support for same-sex marriage. Perceptions of non-evangelical Protestant churches, African-American churches and the Jewish religion are notably less negative.
The current survey, using self-identification, finds 5. The American religious landscape is evolving rapidly. During the last decade, the white Protestant population in the United States contracted significantly. While the proportion of Catholics in America has remained largely steady during the last decade, there has been a sea change in the ethnic makeup of the Catholic population.
Americans are divided on whether American culture and way of life was better in the s or is better today. Views about cultural changes since the s divide Americans along a variety of important demographic dimensions: political, religious, racial, and generational. No group of Americans is more convinced that American culture and way of life has changed for the worse than white evangelical Protestants. White non-Hispanic Americans have a significantly different perspective from black non-Hispanic Americans and Hispanic Americans about American culture and life in the s.
Judgments about the s vary significantly by age. Americans are sharply divided by generation in their views about the source of American greatness. Members of different political parties also hold different views about change and tradition.
White evangelical Protestants stand out from other religious groups in their belief that American greatness stems from protecting traditional values. Few public policy issues have experienced as dramatic a shift in public opinion as same-sex marriage. During the next several years, public opinion registered only a modest increase in support for same-sex marriage.
By , most surveys found about 4-in Americans favored allowing gay and lesbian people to legally marry, while a majority were opposed. Views shifted more quickly during the following three years. By , four different surveys, including one conducted by PRRI, recorded majority support for same-sex marriage for the first time ever. In addition to the dramatic increase in overall support for same-sex marriage, the intensity of support and opposition has also undergone considerable change during the last decade.
In , support for same-sex marriage fell short of a majority in all regions of the country. Today, there are substantial geographic divisions in views about same-sex marriage. These regional differences are also apparent among individual states. See Appendix 2 for breakdowns of selected states across key issues. Political differences on the issue of same-sex marriage have widened over time.
In , the issue of same-sex marriage divided Americans between the religious and the non-religious. White evangelical Protestants and black Protestants have also become more supportive during this period, but movement has been much more modest.
New fault lines have emerged among racial and ethnic groups on the issue of same-sex marriage that were not evident ten years ago. Solid majorities of each group were opposed. Today, there is a considerable racial divide on the issue. Notably, though a majority of Hispanics overall favor same-sex marriage, there are stark religious divisions among this group. The gender divide has also increased during the last 10 years.
Roughly 6-in men and women were opposed. This difference represented a point generation gap on the issue in Notably, support among both the youngest and the oldest groups of Americans has increased by nearly equal amounts during the last decade—24 percentage points among Millennials and 25 percentage points among the Silent Generation. It is difficult to overstate the effect age has on support for same-sex marriage.
Even among groups that strongly oppose same-sex marriage, there are significant generational gaps. The generation gap among Republicans is even wider. Black Americans are another group in which generational divisions are quite stark. A similar pattern exists among rural Americans. But here, too, age plays a significant role. As support for same-sex marriage has increased, more Americans have begun to favor letting the states decide the issue as opposed to the federal government.
Americans of different political backgrounds hold varying views about who should decide the issue. There is some evidence, however, that preferences about federal versus state solutions are more pragmatic than principled. As support for same-sex marriage has risen, supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage have reversed their preferences for federal versus state solutions.
However, in the preferences of each group were reversed. This reversal suggests that those who believe public opinion is on their side may prefer federal solutions, while those who believe they are in the minority may prefer more localized solutions that allow for the cultural context of states to prevail. In May , President Barack Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage, an issue later addressed by both the Democratic National Convention and the Republican National Convention.
There are significant differences in the perceptions of self-identified Republicans, Democrats, and independents about how friendly or unfriendly the major political parties are toward LGBT people. Perceptions of the Democratic Party do not differ across political groups. The opinions of Americans who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender generally mirror Americans overall in their perceptions of the Democratic Party, but they are significantly more likely than Americans overall to say the Republican Party is unfriendly to LGBT people.
Same-sex marriage ranks lower than most issues in terms of personal importance. Opponents of same-sex marriage are more likely than supporters to say the issue is of critical importance to them personally. The salience of same-sex marriage does not differ between states where same-sex marriage is legal and those where it is not.
Finally, Americans who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender are only slightly more likely than Americans overall to say that same-sex marriage is a critical issue to them personally. The percentage of Americans who believe that same-sex marriage violates their religious beliefs has fallen by 11 points during the past decade.
There are major differences in how Americans of different religious backgrounds see the relationship between same-sex marriage and their religious beliefs. Most Americans agree that religious groups are alienating young people by being too judgmental about gay and lesbian issues. Millennials stand out in their belief that religious groups are alienating young people. There are significant generational divisions among some religious groups regarding the effect church stances on gay and lesbian issues have on young people.
Millennials who disaffiliated are much more likely than older Americans to report that negative teachings about homosexuality were an important factor in their decision.
Notably, a significant number of Americans report being unable to offer an opinion one way or the other. Compared to other major religious groups, the Catholic Church is perceived to be the group most unfriendly to LGBT people. Hawaii voters approved a narrower constitutional amendment empowering the legislature to outlaw same-sex marriage, which they had already done in On November 6, , Minnesota became the first state to vote down a proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
All state constitutional bans have been declared unconstitutional in June in Obergefell v. Hodges in June Naturalized U. This may disproportionately affect same-sex couples, given that typically only one spouse is biologically related to the child. Same-sex couples are allowed to adopt in states and territories following the ruling in Obergefell v.
Hodges legalizing same-sex marriage. Prior to Obergefell , various states by legislative and judicial action had allowed joint adoption by same-sex couples. Regionally, support for the LGBT rights movement has been strongest in the areas of the North and the West coast , and in other states with large urban populations. Regionally, LGBT rights opposition has been strongest in the South and in other states with a large rural and conservative population, particularly the Bible Belt. A number of these groups have been named as anti-gay hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
If a person identifies as transgender , this typically means their gender differs from their sex assigned at birth. Some transgender people have binary gender identities male or female and some transgender people have non-binary gender identities, genderqueer, agender, pangender, culturally-specific third gender identities, and more.
Discrimination rates are very high for the transgender community and especially for transgender people of color. Some but not all , who experience exclusion from the workforce, turn to survival crimes, such as sex work, in order to have an income as a direct result of economic oppression and discrimination.
Frequently, the media, and politicians and as a result, society sensationalize transgender identities and oppression is reinforced. Aware of this trend, in , a coalition of over anti-sexual assault and domestic violence organizations have released a joint letter decrying the trend of portraying transgender people in restrooms as sexual predators as untrue and harmful. Likewise, GLAAD has released a media guide  for reporters covering restroom usage in relation to the transgender community.
Many transgender advocates also advocate for converting single-occupant, gender-segregated restrooms into single-occupant, all-gender restrooms by simply changing the signs due to the high rates of harassment and even violence faced by the transgender community when accessing gender-segregated restrooms according to their gender expression.
Intersex people in the United States have some of the same rights as other people, but with significant gaps, particularly in protection from non-consensual cosmetic medical interventions, from violence, and from discrimination. Some are also put on hormones in order to ensure that their bodies develop to the sex they were assigned.
In August , the California state legislature passed a law that condemns these types of surgeries. This law gives intersex minors rights to be involved in decisions being made about surgeries performed on their bodies and therefore the surgeries are put off until the individual is old enough to understand and participate in the decision-making process.
Olesen , U. United States , U. As a result, gay newspapers, magazines and other publications could be lawfully distributed through the public mail service. On May 22, , the Supreme Court ruled in Boutilier v. Immigration and Naturalization Service , U. This ban remained in effect until In , a Tacoma, Washington teacher of twelve years with a perfect record was terminated after a former student outed him to the vice-principal. The Washington Supreme Court found that homosexuality was immoral and impaired his efficiency as a teacher.
The court supported its conclusion in various ways, including the definition of homosexuality in the New Catholic Encyclopedia, the criminal nature of homosexual conduct, and finding that an "immoral" person could not be trusted to instruct students as his presence would be inherently disruptive. On October 3, , the Supreme Court denied certiorari , although Justices Brennan and Marshall would have granted cert. This was the first homosexual discrimination decision to be aired on national network news.
In fact, it was simultaneously aired on all three national network evening news shows, reaching approximately 60 million viewers. In , the Supreme Court heard Board of Education v. National Gay Task Force , which concerned First and Fourteenth Amendment challenges against a law that allowed schools to fire teachers for public homosexual conduct.
Hardwick , that same-sex intimate conduct was not protected under the right to privacy established under the Fourteenth Amendment. Evans against an amendment to the Colorado state constitution that would have prevented any city, town or county in the state from taking any legislative, executive, or judicial action to protect homosexual or bisexual citizens from discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation. Sundowner Offshore Services that federal laws banning on-the-job sexual harassment also applied when both parties are the same sex.
The lower courts, however, have reached differing conclusions about whether this ruling applies to harassment motivated by anti-gay animus. Dale that the Boy Scouts of America had a First Amendment right to exclude people from its organization on the basis of sexual orientation , irrespective of any applicable civil rights laws.
On June 26, , the Supreme Court ruled in Lawrence v. Texas that intimate consensual sexual conduct is part of the liberty protected by substantive due process under the Fourteenth Amendment. The majority opinion, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy , explicitly overruled Bowers v. Prior to the Supreme Court ruling in Lawrence v.
Texas, same-sex sexual activity was illegal in fourteen U. By that time, twenty-nine states, the District of Columbia, and five territories had repealed their state's sodomy laws by legislative action. Congress repealed sodomy laws in the U. Twelve states have had state Supreme Court or state Appeals courts rule that their state's sodomy laws were unconstitutional.
Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Virginia have all had their state sodomy laws struck down by the courts, but the legislatures have not repealed those laws. Windsor that section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act , that forbade the federal government from recognizing lawfully performed same-sex marriages, was found to violate the Fifth Amendment.
The federal government then began to recognize lawfully performed same-sex marriages, and provide federal rights, privileges and benefits.
On June 26, , the Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that same-sex marriage cannot be prohibited by a state. Consequently, same-sex marriages are licensed and recognized as valid and enforced in all states and areas subject to the jurisdiction of the U. To train the new American Army in the latest military drills and tactics, General George Washington brought in Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben —94 , who had been an officer on the German General staff.
Von Steuben escaped Germany where he was threatened with prosecution for homosexuality. He joined Washington's army at Valley Forge in February accompanied by two young aides. Steuben became an American general, and a senior advisor to Washington. Despite rumors about sexual behavior at his parties, there never was an investigation of Steuben, and he received a Congressional pension after the war. The first evidence of discrimination to homosexuals serving in the United States military dates from March 11, , when Lieutenant Frederick Gotthold Enslin was brought to trial before a court-martial.
According to General Washington's report: " Enslin of Colo. Malcolm's Regiment tried for attempting to commit sodomy Enslin to be drummed out of Camp tomorrow morning In , Congress enacted the District of Columbia Organic Act of that continued all criminal laws of Maryland and Virginia in the now formally structured District, with those of Maryland applying to that portion of the District ceded from Maryland, and those of Virginia applying to that portion ceded from Virginia.
At the time, Maryland had a sodomy law applicable only to free males with a punishment of "labour for any time, in their discretion, not exceeding seven years for the same crime, on the public roads of the said county, or in making, repairing or cleaning the streets or bason [sic] of Baltimore-town;" it imposed the death penalty for slaves committing sodomy. Similarly, Virginia had a penalty of 1—10 years for free persons committing sodomy, but imposed the death penalty for slaves committing sodomy.
The law went into effect on February 27, In , Thomas Jefferson wrote a law in Virginia which contained a maximum punishment of castration for men who engaged in sodomy. In , Congress established penalties in the District of Columbia for a number of crimes, but not for sodomy. It specified that "every other felony, misdemeanor, or offence not provided for by this act, may and shall be punished as heretofore[. It went into effect in March 2, In , Congress passed a law for the District of Columbia that states that "for the preservation of the public peace and the protection of property within the District of Columbia.
The law went into effect on July 29, In , Congress deleted the word "notoriously" from the provision concerning a lewd or lascivious course of life, thereby allowing prosecution of persons without the condition of notoriety.
The law went into effect on July 8, The law went into effect on March 3, On December 14, , President Woodrow Wilson vetoed the Immigration Act of , which would have excluded individuals from entering the United States who were found "mentally defective" or who had a "constitutional psychopathic inferiority. On February 5, , the Congress overrode Wilson's veto, implementing the Immigration Act of into law.
On March 1, , the Articles of War of are implemented. This included a revision of the Articles of War of , the new regulations detail statutes governing U. Under the category Miscellaneous Crimes and Offences, Article 93 states that any person subject to military law who commits "assault with intent to commit sodomy" shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.
It was changed to make the act of sodomy itself a crime, separate from the offense of assault with intent to commit sodomy. Roosevelt requests an investigation into "vice and depravity" in the sea services after a sting operation in which undercover operatives attempt to seduce sailors suspected of being homosexual had already begun at the Naval base in Newport, Rhode Island.
At least 17 sailors are jailed and court-martialed before public outcry prompts a Republican-led Senate committee to condemn the methods of the operation.
Roosevelt denied he had any knowledge that entrapment had been used or that he would have approved of it. In , Congress passed a law for the District of Columbia that made it a crime for "any person to invite, entice, persuade, or to address for the purpose of inviting, enticing, or persuading any person or persons In , Congress enacted a new solicitation law for the District of Columbia that labeled a "vagrant" any person who "engages in or commits acts of fornication or perversion for hire.
Also included with this sodomy law was a psychopathic offender law and a law "to provide for the treatment of sexual psychopaths in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes. Truman , and became effective on May 31, Article forbids sodomy among all military personnel, defining it as "any person subject to this chapter who engages in unnatural carnal copulation with another person of the same or opposite sex or with an animal is guilty of sodomy.
Penetration, however slight, is sufficient to complete the offence. On June 25, , the Immigration and Nationality Act of was vetoed by President Truman because he regarded the bill as "un-American" and discriminatory.
The bill prohibits "aliens afflicted with a psychopathic personality, epilepsy, or a mental defect" from entry into the United States. On April 27, , President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed Executive Order which prohibits Federal employees from being members of a group or organization considered subversive.
The order lists "sexual perversion" as a security risk constituting grounds for termination or denial of employment. The order went into effect on May 27, Without explicitly referring to homosexuality, the executive order responded to several years of charges that the presence of homosexual employees in the State Department posed blackmail risks. Attorney General Herbert Brownell Jr. The press recognized the revolutionary nature of the new executive order.
The Washington Post said that it established not a loyalty test but a "suitability test. Some of those the press expected to be excluded from federal employment included "a person who drinks too much," "an incorrigible gossip," "homosexuals," and "neurotics. The law went into effect on June 29, On February 2, , Senator Lyndon B. Johnson voted for Uniform Code of Military Justice. He and another man were booked on a disorderly conduct charge.
After becoming a controversy prior to the presidential election , the American Mental Health Foundation wrote a letter to President Johnson protesting the "hysteria" surrounding the case: . After reelection during his second term on October 3, , Johnson signed the Immigration and Nationality Act of , which added "sexual deviation" as a medical ground for denying prospective immigrants entry into the United States.
The bill went into effect on June 30, In August , Richard Nixon , on the issue of same-sex marriage, said "I can't go that far; that's the year ! Negroes [and whites], okay.
But that's too far! Nixon's campaign in San Francisco. On August 25, , Rep. Gerald Ford voted for the Immigration and Nationality Act of On March 5, , when asked about the issue of gay rights, with respect to hiring, employment, and housing, Gerald Ford said "I recognize that this is a very new and serious problem in our society.
I have always tried to be an understanding person as far as people are concerned who are different than myself. That doesn't mean that I agree with or would concur in what is done by them or their position in society. I think this is a problem we have to face up to, and I can't give you a pat answer tonight. I just would be dishonest to say that there is a pat answer under these very difficult circumstances".
In , during that year's presidential campaign, President Gerald Ford was " zapped " by activists in Ann Arbor, Michigan over federal immigration rules. The protests forced President Ford to admit that he was not aware that homosexuality was used as a basis for exclusion in immigration rulings.
Gerald Ford , as former president, formally opposed the Briggs Initiative in , which sought to ban homosexuals from teaching in public school. In October , he broke with conservative members of the Republican party by stating that gay and lesbian couples "ought to be treated equally.
Ford, dedicated to making sexual orientation a non-issue in the Republican Party". In February , Carter said he opposed discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, but in June he withdrew his support of a gay rights plank in the Democratic Party platform.
In , under the guidance of Jimmy Carter, a policy was removed which barred employment of gays in the foreign service and Internal Revenue Service.
That same year, fourteen gay and lesbian activists were invited to the White House for the first official visit ever. Jimmy Carter publicly opposed the Briggs Initiative. However, in March , Carter issued a formal statement indicating he would not issue an executive order banning anti-gay discrimination in the U. In , Carter came out for civil unions and stated that he "opposes all forms of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and believes there should be equal protection under the law for people who differ in sexual orientation".
The first chapter of what would become the national Log Cabin Republicans LCR formed in to fight California's Briggs Initiative , a ballot initiative that would have banned homosexuals from teaching in public schools. The chapter worked diligently and successfully convinced Governor Reagan to publicly oppose the measure. Prevailing scientific opinion is that an individual's sexuality is determined at a very early age and that a child's teachers do not really influence this.
On the campaign trail , he spoke of the gay civil rights movement:. My criticism is that [the gay movement] isn't just asking for civil rights; it's asking for recognition and acceptance of an alternative lifestyle which I do not believe society can condone, nor can I.
Additionally, Reagan has been criticized by some LGBT groups for allegedly ignoring by failing to adequately address or fund the growing AIDS epidemic , even as it took thousands of lives in the s.
Reagan's Surgeon General from to , Dr. Everett Koop , claims that his attempts to address the issue were shut out by the Reagan Administration. According to Koop, the prevailing view of the Reagan Administration was that "transmission of AIDS was understood to be primarily in the homosexual population and in those who abused intravenous drugs" and therefore that people dying from AIDS were "only getting what they justly deserve.
On August 18, , President Reagan issued a statement on the issue of same-sex marriage that read:. Society has always regarded marital love as a sacred expression of the bond between a man and a woman. It is the means by which families are created and society itself is extended into the future.
In the Judeo-Christian tradition it is the means by which husband and wife participate with God in the creation of a new human life.
It is for these reasons, among others, that our society has always sought to protect this unique relationship. In part the erosion of these values has given way to a celebration of forms of expression most reject.
We will resist the efforts of some to obtain government endorsement of homosexuality. Reagan made the comment in response to a questionnaire from the conservative publishers of the Presidential Biblical Scoreboard, a magazine-type compilation of past statements and voting records of national candidates.
Bush , endorsed a plan to protect persons with AIDS from discrimination. As President, George H. Bush signed legislation that extended gay rights. On April 23, , George H. Bush signed the Hate Crime Statistics Act , which requires the Attorney General to collect data on crimes committed because of the victim's race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity.
It was the first federal statute to "recognize and name gay, lesbian and bisexual people. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act of On November 29, , Bush signed the Immigration Act of , which withdrew the phrase "sexual deviation" from the Immigration and Nationality Act INA so that it could no longer be used as a basis for barring entry of immigration to the U. In a television interview, Bush said if he found out his grandchild was gay, he would "love his child", but tell him homosexuality was not normal and discourage him from working for gay rights.
The group voted to deny that endorsement because Bush did not denounce anti-gay rhetoric at the Republican National Convention. Urvashi Vaid argues that Bush's anti-gay rhetoric "motivated conservative gay Democrats and loyal gay Republicans, who had helped defeat Dukakis in , to throw their support behind Clinton. The bill, which established domestic partnerships in the District of Columbia, became law on June 11, Every year from to , the Republican leadership of the U.
Congress added a rider to the District of Columbia appropriations bill that prohibited the use of federal or local funds to implement the Health Care Benefits Expansion Act. In , former President George H. Bush served as a witness at a same-sex wedding of Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen, who own a general store together in Maine. In , Governor Bill Clinton, as a candidate for President, issued a public statement of support for repeal of Arkansas's sodomy law.
Bill Clinton 's legacy on gay rights is a matter of controversy. In December , Clinton implemented a Department of Defense directive known as " Don't Ask, Don't Tell ", which allowed gay men and women to serve in the armed services provided they kept their sexuality a secret, and forbade the military from inquiring about an individual's sexual orientation. According to David Mixner , Clinton's support for the compromise led to a heated dispute with Vice President Al Gore, who felt that "the President should lift the ban Clinton's defenders argue that an executive order might have prompted the Senate to write the exclusion of gays into law, potentially making it harder to integrate the military in the future.
On September 21, , Clinton signed into law the Defense of Marriage Act DOMA , which defines marriage for federal purposes as the legal union of one man and one woman, allowing individual states to refuse to recognize gay marriages performed in other states. The veteran gay rights and gay marriage activist Evan Wolfson has called these claims "historic revisionism".
Despite DOMA, Clinton, who was the first President to select openly gay persons for Administration positions,  is generally credited as the first President to publicly champion gay rights. Clinton was the first President to select openly gay persons for Administration positions, appointing over LGBT appointees. In , Clinton publicly opposed the passage of California's Proposition 8 and recorded robocalls urging Californians to vote against it.
Supreme Court. In his campaign to become the Governor of Texas , Bush pledged to veto any effort to repeal Texas's sodomy law, calling it "a symbolic gesture of traditional values. In , Governor Bush signed into law a bill adding "A license may not be issued for the marriage of persons of the same sex" into the Texas Family Code.
In a Texas Gubernatorial election political awareness test, he answered no to the questions of whether Texas government should include sexual orientation in Texas' anti-discrimination laws and whether he supports Texas recognizing same-sex marriage. In , the Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Act, which would have increased punishment for criminals motivated by hatred of a victim's gender, religion, ethnic background or sexual orientation, was killed in committee by Texas Senate Republicans. Governor Bush was criticized for letting the hate crimes bill die in a Texas Senate committee.
Bush spokesman Sullivan said the governor never took a position on the bill. According to Louvon Harris, sister of James Byrd, said that Bush's opposition to the bill reportedly revolved around the fact that it would cover gays and lesbians. The governor's office "contacted the family and asked if we would consider taking sexual orientation out of the bill, and our answer was no, because the bill is for everybody.
Everybody should be protected by the law. In a presidential debate, Al Gore would attack Bush for allowing the bill to die in committee, with Bush responding Texas already had a hate crimes statute, and nothing more was needed.
Bush also stated his opposition New Jersey Supreme Court ruling that said the Boy Scouts of America must accept gays in their organization. During the campaign he did not endorse a single piece of gay rights legislation. In a Republican presidential debate, George W.
Bush, said he opposes same-sex marriage, but supports states' rights when it came to the issue of same-sex marriage. During the campaign he had refused to comment on Vermont's civil unions law. However, he stated that he opposed sodomy laws, a reversal of his position as governor of Texas. George W. Bush was mostly neutral towards LGBT rights as president. In his eight years of office, Bush's views on gay rights were often difficult to ascertain, but many experts feel that the Bush White House wanted to avoid bad publicity without alienating evangelical conservative Christian voters.
Thus, he did not repeal President Clinton's Executive Order banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in the federal civilian government, but Bush's critics felt as if he failed to enforce the executive order. Bush's nominee as ambassador to Romania, Michael E. Guest , became the second openly gay man U. Ambassador and the first to be confirmed by the Senate. He did not repeal any of the spousal benefits that Clinton had introduced for same-sex federal employees.
He did not attempt to repeal Don't ask, don't tell , nor make an effort to change it. On June 27, , President Bush signed a bill allowing death benefits to be paid to domestic partners of firefighters and police officers who die in the line of duty, permanently extending a federal death benefit to same-sex couples for the first time.
In , the U. Supreme Court ruled in Lawrence v. Texas that sodomy laws against consenting adults was unconstitutional. President Bush's press secretary Ari Fleischer refused to comment on the decision, noting only that the administration had not filed a brief in the case. Previously, Bush said he supports states' rights when it came to marriage, however, after the Massachusetts Supreme Court decision in Goodridge v.
Department of Public Health , Bush announced his support for a U. Bush in  by a vote of 22—2. In , Bush threatened to veto the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of , which would have included sexual orientation in hate crimes, and Employment Nondiscrimination Act of In December , the Bush administration refused to support the U.
In his post presidency interviews, he refused to take a position on the issue of same-sex marriage. Obama supported legalizing same-sex marriage when he first ran for the Illinois State Senate in Obama supported civil unions , but opposed same-sex marriage when he ran for the U.
Senate in and for U. President in In , Obama voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment , which would have defined marriage as between one man and one woman in the U. In , Senator Obama said he opposed the Defense of Marriage Act and the Don't ask, don't tell policy when it passed and supported repealing it.
He also said that homosexuality is not a choice, he supported adoption rights for same-sex couples, and he would work as president to extend the 1, federal rights granted to marriage couples to couples in civil unions.
He also voted for the Kennedy Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year that would expand federal jurisdiction to reach serious, violent hate crimes perpetrated because of the victim's sexual orientation and gender identity and the Tom Lantos and Henry J. In the presidential election, he expressed his opposition to state constitutional bans on same-sex marriage in California , and Florida on the November ballot,    but stated in a interview that he personally believes that marriage is "between a man and a woman" and that he is "not in favor of gay marriage.
In March , his administration reversed Bush administration policy and signed the U. On June 17, , President Obama signed a presidential memorandum allowing same-sex partners of federal employees to receive certain benefits. The memorandum does not cover full health coverage. Hate Crimes Prevention Act , which added gender , sexual orientation , gender identity , and disability to the federal hate crimes law.
In October , he nominated Sharon Lubinski to become the first openly gay U. On January 4, , he appointed Amanda Simpson the Senior Technical Advisor to the Department of Commerce , making her the first openly transgender person appointed to a government post by a U.
On April 15, , Obama issued an executive order to the Department of Health and Human Services that required medical facilities to grant visitation and medical decision-making rights to same-sex couples. In March , the U. On August 18, , the Obama administration announced that it would suspend deportation proceedings against many undocumented immigrants who pose no threat to national security or public safety, with the White House interpreting the term "family" to include partners of lesbian, gay and bisexual people.
On September 30, , the Defense Department issued new guidelines that allow military chaplains to officiate at same-sex weddings, on or off military installations, in states where such weddings are allowed.
On December 5, , the Obama administration announced the United States would use all the tools of American diplomacy, including the potent enticement of foreign aid, to promote LGBT rights around the world.
In March and April , Obama expressed his opposition to state constitutional bans on same-sex marriage in North Carolina , and Minnesota. On May 9, , Obama publicly supported same-sex marriage, the first sitting U. President to do so.
Obama told an interviewer that: . On January 7, , the Pentagon agreed to pay full separation pay to service members discharged under " Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Obama also called for full equality during his second inaugural address on January 21, "Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law—for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.
On March 1, , Obama, speaking about Hollingsworth v. Perry , the U. Supreme Court case about Proposition 8 , said "When the Supreme Court asks do you think that the California law, which doesn't provide any rationale for discriminating against same-sex couples other than just the notion that, well, they're same-sex couples—if the Supreme Court asks me or my attorney general or solicitor general, 'Do we think that meets constitutional muster?
And the answer is no. On August 8, , Obama criticized the Russian gay propaganda law. On July 21, , President Obama signed Executive Order , adding "gender identity" to the categories protected against discrimination in hiring in the federal civilian workforce and both "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to the categories protected against discrimination in hiring and employment on the part of federal government contractors and sub-contractors.
Obama was criticized for meeting with anti-gay Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni at a dinner with African heads of state in August Later in August , Obama made a surprise video appearance at the opening ceremony of the Gay Games. In the book, Axelrod revealed that President Barack Obama lied about his opposition to same-sex marriage for religious reasons in United States presidential election. In April , the Obama administration announced it had opened a gender-neutral bathroom within the White House complex, located in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next door to the West Wing.
Also in , when President Obama declared May to be National Foster Care Month , he included words never before included in a White House proclamation about adoption, stating in part, "With so many children waiting for loving homes, it is important to ensure all qualified caregivers have the opportunity to serve as foster or adoptive parents, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status.
That is why we are working to break down the barriers that exist and investing in efforts to recruit more qualified parents for children in foster care. On November 10, , Obama officially announced his support for the Equality Act of Obama and Biden laid 49 bouquets of white roses to memorialize the 49 people killed in the tragedy impacting the LGBTQ community. Brown is a bisexual woman who has also come out as a survivor of sexual assault and domestic violence. During that time, she signed legislation to ban conversion therapy on minors.
During his U. His answers to questions on the subject were ambiguous. At the beginning of his campaign, Trump continued to oppose same-sex marriage and said he was in favor of "traditional marriages".
Hodges which had legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, Trump said he would "strongly consider" appointing Supreme Court justices who would overturn Obergefell. He considered the Obergefell ruling as "settled", and said he was "fine" with the legalization of same-sex marriage    though some expressed skepticism that he had really changed his position. A month after a mass shooting at a gay nightclub , while speaking to the Republican National Convention , Trump promised to "protect our LGBT citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology",  but did not describe specifically what he would do to support LGBT people's safety.
Many observed that this comment primarily served to demonize Islam rather than to support LGBT rights. Jerri Ann Henry, executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans , said in a television interview on December 7, that, while she perceived Trump as having been "vocally supportive" of LGBT people compared to other Republican presidents and presidential candidates, nevertheless "there's a lot of ups and downs in the last two years with some of the administration's actions.
Early on, the Trump administration interrupted the government's efforts to begin counting LGBT-identified people. Census Bureau released its proposed questions for the census the census is conducted once every ten years and the American Community Survey conducted annually. For the first time ever, the proposed questions covered topics about sexual orientation and gender identity. However, the questions were immediately retracted. The Census Bureau claimed that the topic had been included "inadvertently" in fact, it was included because nearly 80 members of Congress had asked for it the previous year.
The report has been corrected. Questions about sexual orientation and gender identity added in were removed from the draft. The Trump administration has also opposed efforts to protect LGBT people from employment discrimination. On March 27, , Trump reversed a directive from the Obama administration Executive Order , "Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces" that had required companies with large federal contracts to prove their compliance with LGBT protections and other labor laws. Altitude Express, Inc.
The Department of Justice, taking the opposite side of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, urged a federal appeals court to rule that the Civil Rights Act of does not prohibit job discrimination based on sexual orientation. Supreme Court agreed to hear the case, and the Justice Department is expected to file a brief in late August A major way the Trump administration enables discrimination is by providing exemptions to antidiscrimination law on the basis of "conscience" or "religious freedom.
On January 23, , the U. Miracle Hill will continue to receive federal funds and is allowed to refuse services to prospective foster parents who are non-Christian or LGBT. It must refer the rejected applicants to another agency. Department of Labor, referencing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act , proposed a new rule to exempt "religious organizations" from obeying nondiscrimination law in their employment practices if they invoke "sincerely held religious tenets and beliefs" as their reason to discriminate.
On October 3, , the Trump administration voted against a UN resolution to condemn the death penalty which condemned the use of that penalty for homosexuality in particular , thus making the United States one of only 13 countries to vote against the resolution including Saudi Arabia where the death penalty for gay sex is practiced. It would be a mistake to interpret its opposition to a death penalty resolution to a change in policy.
On February 19, , the administration took a more pro-LGBT approach by announcing a new campaign to decriminalize homosexuality worldwide, to be led by Richard Grenell , the openly gay U. Ambassador to Germany.
In the official White House transcript of that interview, Trump asked the reporter to repeat the question, and finally responded, "I don't know, uh, which report you're talking about. We have many reports. He referenced his administration's "global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality.
Nonetheless, that same week, the Trump administration was instructing U. Pence has long opposed the expansion of LGBT rights throughout his political career. In May , Indiana Governor Mike Pence said that transgender students' bathroom access may use should be handled on the state level. A month later, on June 15, , Trump announced Pence as his vice presidential running-mate. In , Pence published numerous anti-LGBT letters in the Indiana Policy Review Foundation publication Indiana Policy Review , allegedly including one that urged employers to not hire members of the LGBT community, claiming they are "promiscuous," carry "extremely high rates of disease," and are "not able bodied.
In , Pence's Congressional campaign website stated that Congress should fund the Ryan White Care Act only after an audit confirmed that "organizations that celebrate and encourage the types of behaviors that facilitate the spreading of the HIV virus" would be ineligible for funding, and that "resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior.
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