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Advice for the Rookie Realtor

Discrimination laws need clarification

Re: 'Real estate agent disciplined for steering gay couple' (May 3) Dear Rookie: You asked for feedback on the rookie/steering gays issue. Two things came to mind. As a real estate instructor (and fair housing is one of my topics), I was concerned about the attorney saying that the agent's comments probably wouldn't have gotten him in trouble if he had told the buyers he, too, was gay. Does that then infer that a white agent could steer white clients; Hispanic (agent) steer fellow Hispanics; African-American (agent) steer fellow African-Americans, etc.? I am troubled that the wrong inference may have come from that attorney's statement. I'm not sure the attorney has any basis in fact for his statement. As you pointed out using the religion issue -- this is not a good road to go down. Secondly, to the best of my knowledge, sexual preference is not a federally protected class. Before I go on, I need to say I don't believe any real estate agents should discriminate for any reason -- say...