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St Augustine adds SEXUAL ORIENTATION as protected class to housing law

St Augustine adds SEXUAL ORIENTATION as protected class to housing law

st augustine real estateIn a swift vote on Monday night, St Augustine, in sharp contrast to a recent Jacksonville vote, adds Sexual Orientation as a protected class to Fair Housing Laws. With four of the five commissioners present, the motion passed unanimously. On August 15th, a similar vote in Jacksonville ended with a 10-9 vote squashing the rights of same sex families. 
St. Augustine Vice Mayor Leanna Freeman said she couldn’t explain the Jacksonville vote, but she said it’s part of her city’s tradition to protect the freedoms of its residents.
“In our historic city, we have always protected all types of individual freedoms,” Freeman said. “Now we are protecting the freedom of sexual orientation.
Our policy has been to protect human rights and freedoms, and we are unanimous in that. There isn’t a lot of debate about whether or not we should protect individual freedoms.”
To read more about this historic vote, visit Folio Weekly.  
On a personal note: I found this to be a timely current event as over the weekend, on a RESA Mastermind Summit, I had mentioned to my stager colleagues that sexual orientation is not a protected class. No one at the table, all very seasoned professionals, was aware that it was not. Everyone, regardless of their opinions on gay marriage, was shocked that this was still a legally allowed discrimination for something as basic as housing. Having just moved here from a state known for national political gaffes, it is a wonderful feeling to actually be living somewhere that cares deeply about healing our city rather than creating laws that tear it apart!


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Comment balloon 2 commentsMelissa Marro • August 29 2012 08:10AM


Melissa- it seems hard to imagine that in 2012 this is an issue.  Thanks, Melissa. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 6 years ago

Seven classes receive protected status under the federal Fair Housing Act. These include race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, and national origin.

Some states created more categories to that.
California added the following classes to protected class status under state fair housing and anti-discrimination laws: marital status, sexual orientation, age, medical condition, ancestry, and source of income.

Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA (Barcode Properties) over 3 years ago

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