Currently, while federal law bans discrimination in jury selection on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin and economic status, discrimination against potential jurors on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity is not prohibited. Among the states, only California and Oregon ban exclusion from jury service on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in state court.
LGBT organizations applauded the bipartisan legislation. Allison Herwitt, with the Human Rights Campaign, expressed HRC’s support, saying, “[a]rbitrary and discriminatory exclusion of LGBT jurors has no place in our federal courts. We appreciate the bipartisan leadership of Senators Shaheen, Collins and Whitehouse to help ensure every American is guaranteed the right to be judged by a jury of his or her peers.”
Alliance for Justice strongly supports the Jury ACCESS Act, which is a step to ensuring that all Americans have equal access and participation in our justice system.