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Conference of Catholic Bishops and HUD at odds about discrimination practices

This post may be a little more political than most here, but this is an issue I believe strongly in: equal housing rights for all, and by “all” I mean everyone including matters regarding sexual orientation. We’ll save religious discrimination in housing for another post.

It seems though that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is peeved at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for Equal Access to Housing in HUD Programs—Regardless of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity – 76 Fed. Reg. 4194, Docket No. FR 5359-P-01 (Jan. 24, 2011).

The Conference of Catholic Bishops feels as per their statement:

…making “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” a protected classification for purposes of federal housing programs has no support in any Act of Congress and appears at odds with at least one other, namely, the Defense of Marriage Act. Unlike discrimination based on age, disability, or other categories long recognized in federal law, Congress has never acted to prohibit discrimination generally, or housing discrimination in particular, because of sexual orientation or gender identity. Accordingly, there is no statutory basis for a rule forbidding such discrimination in HUD programs, and there is a statute that would be undermined by such a rule.

that they should be able to discriminate in their housing assistance programs BUT still receive taxpayer money through HUD to administer these programs.

I say if they want to discriminate that’s their business (though it’s not ethical by any means), but don’t use my tax money to do so because I don’t support their position. If the Catholic Church or any other religious organization wants to discriminate against any group of people than they should not receive public money do so.

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