Today, I joined Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), John Conyers (D-MI), Edolphus Towns (D-NY), Steve Israel (D-NY), Bobby Scott (D-VA), and Jared Polis (D-CO) in introducing the Housing Opportunities made Equal (HOME) Act. This legislation amends the Fair Housing Act to extend critical civil rights protections to individuals, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, or source of income in the sale or rental of housing, the financing of housing, and in brokerage services. This is the companion to legislation introduced today in the Senate by Senator John Kerry (D-MA).
The Fair Housing Act was enacted in 1968 in the immediate aftermath of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination to protect people from housing discrimination. Under the law, it is illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability, or familial status. As society evolves it has become essential to extend these protections to LGBT individuals and non-traditional families.
I have always committed myself to fighting discrimination wherever it occurs. The need for equal housing opportunities knows no boundaries and it is high time that the Fair Housing Act ensured that regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status, all Americans are afforded the ri