National Association of REALTORS ® bans Sexual Orientation Discrimination
With New York’s recent gay marriage headlines bursting at the seams of every major newspaper. The National Association of REALTORS ® is also making a difference toward equality.
July 14, 2011 Denver, CO - The National Association of REALTORS® recently added language to its code of ethics banning discrimination based on sexual orientation. Article 10 of NAR’s REALTORS® Code of Ethics previously prohibited the "denial of its professional services to any person for reasons of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin." Coming ahead of any similar legislation on the part of the Federal Government, NAR’s amended code of professional ethics to include sexual orientation reflects its members commitment to "a higher standard" of ethics. Furthermore, the committee understands its decision as a logical evolution for a business organization that sells a brighter, more equitable tomorrow for all Americans.
Social and Economic Equality for Some?
Across the country, the question of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual or Transgender rights has become a hallmark of bi-partisan politics. The law and the alleged "moral majority" are at odds again. That is really what is at stake: the constitutional rights of LGBT identifiers versus the moral incompatibility of a more socially homogenous America.
In November 2008, California, the largest state of registered voters, voted to ban marriage that was "not between a man and a woman." In June, New York became only the sixth state to legalize gay marriage. The issue of LGBT rights has been cynically conflated by ideologues, religious leaders and politicians into a debate over the "soul of America" -- a soul that historically has been defined by choice, staunch individualism and equal access as guaranteed under the law. For the LGBT community, the presumed securities of equal access and purchasing power in their dream communities remain elusive.
Representation for a Lifetime
The rich tapestry of cultures, peoples and neighborhoods that is simply called the American way of life was not created overnight. Groups like the National Association of REALTORS® continue the work of community building and the shaping of social attitudes for the better amidst a bitter bipartisanship that has gridlocked national and state lawmaking bodies. With results that stick and polished business acumen, Groups like NAR and actual real estate brokerages like www.GayRealEstate.com are the business end of the LGBT struggle. These organizations represent a community-business tandem that is sidestepping the national quagmire of when-and-if debate in favor of fair and equal representation, accountability and action.
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The National Association of REALTORS and www.GayRealEstate.com are progressing the cause of the LGBT community by helping LGBT homebuyers get on with their lives and with gratifying purpose. Perhaps more of us should be demanding "Gay Friendly" as an industry standard.
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