9.   The Committee welcomes the Supreme Court’s decision in Lawrence et al. v. Texas  (2003), which declared unconstitutional legislation criminalizing homosexual relations between consenting adults.
25.  The Committee notes with concern allegations of widespread incidence of violent crime perpetrated against persons of minority sexual orientation, including by law enforcement officials. It notes with concern the failure to address such crime in the legislation on hate crime adopted at the federal level and in many states. It notes with concern the failure to outlaw employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in many states. (Articles 2 and 26)

The State party should acknowledge its legal obligation under articles 2 and 26 to ensure to everyone the rights recognized by the Covenant, as well as equality before the law and equal protection of the law, without discrimination on the basis of  sexual orientation.  The State party should ensure that its hate crime legislation, both at the federal and state levels, address sexual orientation-related violence and that federal and state employment legislation outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Link to full text of the report: Concluding Observations-CCPR-United States of America-2006-eng

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