Fair and Equal Housing Act aims to add LGBTQ protections for housing

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WASHINGTON — The Fair and Equal Housing Act of 2019 was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, April 30.

According to a press release, act would include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as protected characteristics under the Fair Housing Act which currently mandates non-discrimination for housing on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status, or disability.

Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield), Susan W. Brooks (R-Indiana), Jennifer Wexton (D-Virginia), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Penn.) introduced the bill.

“No American should face discrimination finding a home because of who they are or who they love,”  Schneider said in the press release. “Yet the majority of states still have no laws prohibiting housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. I am proud to lead this long overdue bipartisan bill to extend federal protections to ensure all LGBTQ individuals and same-sex couples can access housing without prejudice. I am also pleased that these important housing protections were incorporated into the Equality Act, and I look forward to voting on this anti-discrimination package soon.”

Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Tim Kaine (D-Virgina) introduced the Senate companion to the House bill on Tuesday.

The text of H.R. 2402 is available online.

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