Senator Tim Kaine is part of a new bill that aims to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the Fair Housing Act.
Under federal law, discrimination based on race, religion, and national orientation are currently prohbited under the Fair Housing Act of 1968. But, those proptections do not include people discriminated aganst based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. A study published in the national housing debate found that same-sex couples were more likely to be ignored than couples perceived not to be LGBTQ.
“More than 20 states and the disctrict columbia have taken this step in their own state fair housing laws and it’s time for the federal government to show leadership as well in the federal fair housing act and protect people from any discrimination based on who they love, their sexual orientation, or gender identity,” Senator Tim Kaine, (D)-Virginia said.
The new bill was introduced by Senator Susan Collins and Senator Angus King, along with Kaine who worked as a fair housing lawyer during his legal career from 1984 to 2001.