Republican (of course) Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California is facing criticism and has lost an endorsement from a Realtors group for saying that people should be able to refuse to sell their homes to gay people.
Thursday that Rohrabacher, who is up for re-election this year, expressed that view during a meeting with a group of Realtors last week in Washington. Rohrabacher said during the meeting, “Every homeowner should be able to make a decision not to sell their home to someone (if) they don’t agree with their lifestyle.”
Ken Grubbs, a spokesman for Rohrabacher’s congressional office, confirmed that Rohrabacher had made the comments reported in the paper.
Wayne Woodyard, who is a member of the National Association of Realtors said the congressman said during the meeting that he would not support legislation protecting LGBT individuals from housing discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation under the Fair Housing Act.
“I told the congressman that we need to add federal protections for the LGBTQ community as the final piece of the Fair Housing Act,” Woodyard said, describing the meeting, “and the minute I stopped speaking, he said, ‘I just will not support that.’
The National Association of Realtors has since rescinded its support of Rohrabacher and has released the following statements.
“After reviewing all new, relevant information, it was determined that Representative Rohrabacher will no longer receive support from NAR’s President’s Circle,” said the association’s president, Elizabeth Mendenhall, “Making this decision was the right thing for NAR to do; the association’s member Code of Ethics is far ahead of Congress on gender identity and sexual orientation discrimination. We certainly hope that Congress will follow the lead set at our recent legislative meetings and support the elimination of housing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.”