Study reveals housing discrimination against gay and lesbian couples

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Same-sex couples looking to rent homes are more likely to experience unfavorable treatment than heterosexual couples, according to a study commissioned by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The study -- the first to examine housing discrimination against same-sex couples in the rental market -- was based on nearly 7,000 email tests conducted across 50 metropolitan markets between June and October of 2011. The study found that housing providers favored heterosexual couples over gay male couples in 15.9 percent of tests, and favored heterosexual couples over lesbian couples in 15.6 percent of tests. “As this study shows, we need to continue our efforts to ensure that everyone is treated the same when it comes to finding a home to call their own, regardless of their sexual orientation," HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said in a statement. For each test, two emails, one purportedly from a same-sex couple and the other from a heterosexual couple, were sent to a...