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Jan
11

is he still a ‘homophobe’?

Washington Post: In the latest example of the Obama administration extending greater rights to gays and lesbians, the Department of Housing and Urban Development is making changes to ensure they don’t face discrimination when applying for federal housing assistance.

The department unveiled a series of proposed rule changes that would prohibit lenders from using sexual orientation or gender identity as a way of determining a borrower’s eligibility. In a nod to same-sex marriages and same-sex parents, the rule change would state that eligible families have the opportunity to participate in HUD-based programs regardless of marital status or sexual orientation.

The new rules, if adopted, also would prohibit owners and operators of HUD-funded housing from asking applicants or occupants of the housing about sexual orientation or gender identity.

…..”This is a fundamental issue of fairness,” HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said Thursday.

The proposed rules must undergo a 60-day public comment period before formal implemented. If approved, they would joint a growing list of policy and procedural changes made by federal agencies that don’t require congressional approval, including gender-neutral passport application forms, changes to how the U.S. Census Bureau counts same-sex relationships and the extension of fringe benefits to the same-sex partners of gay and lesbian federal workers.


2 Responses to “is he still a ‘homophobe’?”


  1. 1 Me4obama
    January 21, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Keith olberman just said it’s his last count down on msnbc. I would have felt bad before but not toady. Good luck Keith I won’t miss you. Sorry chipsticks for posting this comment on this thread /post. Am happy that the LGBT community is getting fair treatment they deserve. They are our brothers and sisters.

  2. 2 Hachikō
    January 22, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    If he’s a homophobe, then I guess I’m one.

    So glad to hear about this policy change, Chip. Thanks.


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