The Equality Act Reintroduced – NAR Endorses!
The Equality Act Has Been Officially Reintroduced!
NAGLREP continues to work closely with The Equality Act sponsor Congressman David Cicilline, the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, NAR, and HRC to raise awareness for the bill within the real estate industry.
We are thrilled to share that the National Association of REALTORS has publicly supported the bill. Thank you to NAR President John Smaby and NAR Leadership. Since NAGLREP’s inception in 2007 we have have worked with NAR to lead our industry to protect the LGBT community from discrimination, and in 2009 we collaborated with NAR to to change the code of ethics to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
John Smaby, NAR President shared:
“NAR commends Representative Cicilline and his colleagues in the House for drafting legislation to extend equal housing opportunities in America. Realtors® have worked for a decade now to ensure the American Dream of homeownership is not unfairly denied to those in LGBT community, as we amended our Code of Ethics in 2009 to extend equal housing protections to those facing discrimination for sexual orientation and gender identity. Realtors® thank our colleagues in the industry for working toward this same goal, and we look forward to continuing to pursue equal housing opportunities for everyone in America.”
NAGLREP Corporate Partner Realogy has also endorsed the Equality Act and we thank CEO Ryan Schneider for taking such a leadership stance! Corporate Partners Bank of America and Wells Fargo also support the bill.
When it passes, H.R. 5 The Equality Act will amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, public accommodations, public education, federal funding, credit and the jury system. The bill will be a major topic of discussion at our third annual LGBT Housing Policy Summit on April 10-11 at the HRC Equality Center. Along with a visit to Capitol Hill to raise awareness for The Equality Act, attendees will play an important role in shaping how NAGLREP can enact change at the local, state and national levels. Click here to register!