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Congress could add fair housing protections for LGBT

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WASHINGTON – March 15, 2019 – Bills were introduced into both the U.S. House and Senate last Wednesday extending Fair Housing Act protections to LGBT individuals – a move supported by the National Association of Realtors® (NAR).

“Realtors have worked for [nearly] a decade to ensure the American dream of homeownership is not unfairly denied to those in the LGBT community,” NAR President John Smaby said in a statement.

NAR amended its Code of Ethics to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation in 2011 and gender identity in 2013. Last year, the association supported the Fair and Equal Housing Act, which would make those protections part of the Fair Housing Act. However, Congress adjourned before the bill could come up for a vote.

The legislation introduced Wednesday, called the Equality Act, includes the NAR-supported housing protections of the Fair and Equal Housing Act and also extends LGBT protections in the areas of employment, public accommodations, credit markets and voting.

Shannon McGahn, NAR senior vice president for government affairs, will appear at a policy summit hosted by the National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals next month in Washington, D.C., to talk about next steps for the legislation.

Source: Realtor Magazine, Robert Freedman

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