April 23, 2018

HUD Finds Rental Bias Against Same-Sex Couples

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HUD Finds Rental Bias Against Same-Sex Couples

Same-sex couples are significantly more likely to face discrimination in the online rental housing market than heterosexual couples, according to a new study of 50 metro markets released by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

“This is simply wrong. It is unjust, and we as a country cannot stand for it,” HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said about the study’s findings. 

For the study, HUD testers sent to landlords one e-mail from a heterosexual couple and another e-mail from a gay couple about the availability of a rental unit. 

Heterosexual couples were “significantly more likely” to receive an e-mail response than gay male and lesbian inquiries. 

“Heterosexual couples were favored over gay male couples in 15.9 percent of tests and over lesbian couples in 15.6 percent of tests,” according to the study.

“Federal housing laws do not prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, but 20 states and Washington D.C. have taken preventative measures to pass laws that prohibit discrimination again LGBT people,” MSNBC reports. 

Source: “Same-sex couples face significant housing bias, study finds,” MSNBC (June 18, 2013)

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