Bill would ban housing discrimination against LGBT community

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On the heels of a study that found same-sex couples looking to rent homes are more likely to experience unfavorable treatment than heterosexual couples, lawmakers have once again introduced a bill that would  amend the Fair Housing Act and make it illegal to commit housing discrimination against lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination against people on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and familial status. But it does not provide the same protection to the LGBT community, or people who are discriminated against because of the source of their income. Representatives Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., and John Conyers, D-Mich., this week introduced the Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) Act, which would prohibit discrimination in the sale or rental of housing, the financing of housing, and in brokerage services on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, source of income, or marital st...