"Sexual Orientation and the Law" encompasses several legal subjects - civil rights, criminal law, employment law, immigration, family law - as well as interdisciplinary topics in medicine, psychology, and social sciences.
You should note that state and local laws may provide greater rights for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) people than federal law. For example, currently, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (PL 88-352), pertaining to employment discrimination, construes "sex" as gender, not sexual orientation. However, it is generaly recognized that "gender" can encompass sex-based stereotypes. Some states and municipalities specifically include sexual orientation as a protected class for employment discrimination purposes.
Legislative history documents - such as Committee Hearings and House and Senate Reports - can be great sources for material relating to pending or passed LGBT rights legislation. See the Legislative History Research Guide for information on these documents and how to find them.
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