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HUD Extends Housing Protections to LGBTQ Americans

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REALTOR Magazine

The National Association of REALTORS® applauded an announcement Thursday by the Department of Housing and Urban Development that the agency will enforce the Fair Housing Act to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. HUD’s move effectively expands civil rights protections to LGBTQ Americans seeking housing and housing-related services. The decision follows an executive order from the Biden administration directing federal agencies to implement the Supreme Court’s interpretation in a June 2020 ruling that civil rights law prohibiting sex discrimination includes gender identity and sexual orientation.

HUD was the first federal agency to respond to the directive, according to The Washington Post.

“NAR has long championed LGBTQ rights in the housing market, first calling for expanded protections in 2009,” NAR President Charlie Oppler said in a statement. “There are few greater human needs than housing, and to exclude LGBTQ individuals from the protections afforded to other Americans is cruel. This is a just and historic decision by HUD.”

Read the story online here: HUD Extends Housing Protections to LGBTQ Americans

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