WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congressmen Brad Schneider ( D-IL ) joined Congressman Scott Taylor ( R-VA ) to introduce the "Fair and Equal Housing Act of 2017," H.R. 1447. This bipartisan legislation expands protections from Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act, which mandates non-discrimination for housing on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status, or disability, to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
"No American should face discrimination finding a home because of who they are or who they love," said Schneider. "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 LGBTQ individuals and same-sex couples can find housing without discrimination."
"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," said Taylor. "This bill protects equal access to housing opportunities for all Americans, and I urge my colleagues to support it."