As an association of lawyers with more than 12,000 members, the Boston Bar Association has long stood in opposition to discrimination in all forms against individuals and groups in our society. In that light, we are deeply concerned by the President’s announcement yesterday that attempts to ban transgender individuals from serving in the military alongside their fellow Americans, thus overturning current policies and practice.
The BBA has a time-honored tradition of speaking out in support of equal protection and policies that help to ensure equality for all Americans. We have consistently endorsed equal rights for transgender and gender-nonconforming people, and we applauded in 2011 when Massachusetts first added such protections to our anti-discrimination laws, and again in 2016, when those protections were expanded.
We believe, further, that anyone willing and able to serve our country in uniform should be welcomed, respected, and honored. In keeping with the core principles deeply embedded in the BBA’s mission, our profession, and our democracy, it is essential that all individuals seeking this important opportunity receive equal treatment under the law.