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New HUD Rules Require Equal Housing

New HUD Rules Require Equal Housing


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has proposed new regulations to stop discrimination against LGBT people who are seeking to buy a home or qualify for government-backed housing programs.

"This is a fundamental issue of fairness," HUD secretary Shaun Donovan said in a statement Thursday. "We have a responsibility to make certain that public programs are open to all Americans. With this proposed rule, we will make clear that a person's eligibility for federal housing programs is, and should be, based on their need and not on their sexual orientation or gender identity."

The guidelines would stop lenders from using a person's sexual orientation or gender identity as a basis to determine whether they qualify for a mortgage. HUD officials, when looking to place people in HUD-supported housing, will also be required to consider families in the broad sense, acknowledging that same-sex couples with children do not have the same clear protections as heterosexual married couples with children.

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