The Hill reports:
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced Thursday that it will use the Fair Housing Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender.
The federal agency announced in a memorandum that it will invoke the sweeping 1968 housing law to penalize those who refuse to rent, sell or advertise housing to someone because they are an LGBTQ individual, or interfere with their housing rights because of their identity.
he Fair Housing Act bans housing discrimination on the basis of race, sex, national origin, ethnicity, familial status and disability, but was not previously considered by HUD to cover sexual orientation and gender.
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