WASHINGTON D.C. – On Thursday, Rep. Scott Taylor introduced a bill that would protect LGBT renter’s rights.
The bill, called “The Fair and Equal Housing Act of 2017,” would make it illegal to discriminate against a renter for housing regarding “race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status, or disability, to include sexual orientation and gender identity.”
“Nobody should face discrimination when it comes to something as important as where they choose to live. Bad credit, poor references, and a lack of respect for property should be the criteria for judging with whom you should and shouldn’t do business,” Taylor said in a news release about HR 1447. “This bill protects equal access to housing opportunities for all Americans, and I urge my colleagues to support it.”
The legislation will expand on Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act, created in 1968. At its introduction, it outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin and was later amended to include disability and familial status.
If passed, Taylor’s bill would be the first to protect LGBT fair housing rights.
Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Illinois, co-sponsored Taylor’s bill.
“No American should face discrimination finding a home because of who they are or who they love,” Schneider said in the release. “Yet only 22 states currently have laws prohibiting housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. I am proud to help lead this bipartisan bill to extend federal protections to ensure all LGBT individuals and same-sex couples can find housing without discrimination.”
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