S.1328 - Fair and Equal Housing Act of 2017115th Congress (2017-2018)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Kaine, Tim [D-VA] (Introduced 06/08/2017)|
|Committees:||Senate - Judiciary|
|Latest Action:||06/08/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.1328 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (06/08/2017)
Fair and Equal Housing Act of 2017
This bill amends the Fair Housing Act (FHA) under the Civil Rights Act of 1968 to add sexual orientation and gender identity as classes protected against discrimination in the sale, rental, or financing of housing. (Currently, the FHA prohibits housing discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.)
The bill defines: (1) "gender identity" as gender-related identity, appearance, or mannerisms or other gender-related characteristics of an individual, without regard to the individual's designated sex at birth; and (2) "sexual orientation" as homosexuality, heterosexuality, or bisexuality.
The bill also extends prohibitions against housing discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, handicap, familial status, or national origin to include discrimination based on: (1) an individual's association with another person who is a member of such a protected class; and (2) a perception or belief, even if inaccurate, that an individual is a member of such a protected class.