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H.R. 2402: Fair and Equal Housing Act of 2019


The text of the bill below is as of Apr 30, 2019 (Introduced).


I

116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2402

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 30, 2019

(for himself, Mrs. Brooks of Indiana, Ms. Wexton, and Mr. Fitzpatrick) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To extend the protections of the Fair Housing Act to persons suffering discrimination on the basis of sex or sexual orientation, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Fair and Equal Housing Act of 2019.

2.

Housing

(a)

Fair Housing Act

The Fair Housing Act (42 U.S.C. 3601 et seq.) is amended—

(1)

in section 802, by adding at the end the following:

(p)

Race, color, religion, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), handicap, familial status, or national origin, used with respect to an individual, includes—

(1)

the race, color, religion, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), handicap, familial status, or national origin, respectively, of another person with whom the individual is associated or has been associated; and

(2)

a perception or belief, even if inaccurate, concerning the race, color, religion, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), handicap, familial status, or national origin, respectively, of the individual.

(q)

Gender identity means the gender-related identity, appearance, or mannerisms or other gender-related characteristics of an individual, without regard to the individual’s designated sex at birth.

(r)

Sexual orientation means homosexuality, heterosexuality, or bisexuality.

;

(2)

in section 804, by inserting (including sexual orientation and gender identity) after sex each place that term appears;

(3)

in section 805, by inserting (including sexual orientation and gender identity) after sex each place that term appears;

(4)

in section 806, by inserting (including sexual orientation and gender identity) after sex each place that term appears; and

(5)

in section 808(e)(6), by inserting (including sexual orientation and gender identity) after sex.

(b)

Prevention of intimidation in fair housing cases

Section 901 of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3631) is amended by inserting (including sexual orientation (as such term is defined in section 802 of this Act) and gender identity (as such term is defined in section 802 of this Act)) after sex each place that term appears.