U.S. House OKs bill giving LGBTQ fair housing protection

WASHINGTON – May 20, 2019 – The U.S. House of Representatives took a step on Friday that sought to stop housing discrimination based on sexual orientation. It’s a move that several housing groups, including the National Association of Realtors® (NAR), have long advocated.

The House voted 236-173 to approve the Equality Act, H.R. 5, which would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in housing, credit, employment, public education, federal funding, and the jury system. The bill will now move to the Senate for consideration.

The Equality Act would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by expanding its antidiscrimination protections to the LGBTQ community.

“For more than 50 years, fair housing has protected the American dream for millions of people in this country, breaking down walls of discrimination that restricted the fundamental right of property ownership for far too long,” NAR President John Smaby said. “Today, lawmakers continue considering new ways to strengthen the landmark Fair Housing Act. … This bill will prohibit all forms of housing discrimination against the LGBT community.”

The National Association of Realtors is one of nearly 500 major associations to support the Equality Act, as well as about 200 major U.S. firms, including numerous real estate and mortgage firms. In 2009, NAR amended its Code of Ethics to extend antidiscrimination protections in housing to the LGBTQ community.

Source:  Realtor Magazine, Melissa Dittmann Tracey  © 2019 Florida Realtors

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