Monday, January 7, 2013

Bank of America Fined for Refusing Lesbian Couple Loan

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced on Wednesday that Bank of America has settled a discrimination claim filed by a lesbian couple from Florida who were denied a mortgage loan,

LGBTQ Nation reported that, according to the claim, the two women were denied the loan because of their sexual orientation and because they are not married, something they can’t do in Florida.

The website points out that this is the first time HUD has enforced "action taken under its recently enacted LGBT Equal Access Rule." The rule "represents one of the most significant federal nondiscrimination efforts ever taken on behalf of the LGBT community" and went into effect on March 5, 2012.

The measure prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and martial status in public housing and HUD’s housing programs. This includes the eligibility for a mortgage loan by the Federal Housing Administration.  Full story here!

WGB:  GOBAMA!  Ending discrimination one step at a time.  

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