Human Rights Campaign Foundation Releases State Legislative Report for 2007

by HRC Staff

"Equality from State to State 2007" is a comprehensive annual review of state legislation affecting GLBT Americans.

WASHINGTON - Today, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation released "Equality from State to State 2007," a comprehensive annual review of state legislation affecting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans.

"2007 was a very positive year for state legislation affecting GLBT Americans," said Human Rights Campaign Foundation President Joe Solmonese. "For the most part, states passed pro-equality legislation and defeated dangerous anti-GLBT legislation. Four states passed laws protecting GLBT people from employment discrimination, and three passed either civil union or domestic partnership legislation. In several of these states, legislative achievements in 2007 flowed directly from electoral victories in 2006."

In 2007, state legislatures introduced more than 250 bills involving issues affecting GLBT people, including marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships, discrimination, hate crimes, parenting, and safe schools. Thirty-five of these bills passed-just five of which were anti-equality bills.

Some of the highlights:

The report also looks ahead to what is on the horizon for 2008.

The full report is available online at

The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against GLBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.


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