A trio of NYC-area Congressmen introduced a bill in the House of Representatives that would amend existing federal law to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in housing or in the credit markets.
“LGBT Americans, non-traditional families, and the disabled should not be subjected to housing discrimination at the hands of the unscrupulous or bigoted,” said west side Congressman Jerry Nadler, who is introducing the bill. “This legislation will ensure that the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act are actually protecting all Americans and guaranteeing people of any sexual orientation, gender identity, marital and familial status, and source of income the right to the housing they choose.”
Co-sponsors of the bill, called the Housing Opportunities Made Equal Act, include Brooklyn Rep. Ed Towns and Long Island Rep. Steve Israel.
“Fair housing must be a right for all Americans,” said Towns. “It is therefore necessary that it be reflected in the laws that govern our nation. I fully support the Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) Act which in effect will protect the rights of LGBT Americans as well as others who deserve equal protection under the law, regardless of their source of income. In New York City, over 101,000 families benefit from the Section 8 Choice Voucher program. This bill would protect each of those families against unfair discrimination in the rental market.”
The bill died in the House last year, but this year has been taken up in the Senate by John Kerry of Massachusetts.