A congressman from Southern California is facing backlash over recent remarks that, in his view, homeowners have a right to refuse to sell their property to homosexuals and lesbians, reports said.
U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif ., a 15 -term member of Congress, reportedly constructed specific comments May 16 at a session in Washington , D.C ., of a delegation from the Orange County Association of Realtors.
“Every homeowner should be able to make a decision not to sell their home to someone[ if] they don’t agree with their lifestyle, ” Rohrabacher told the gathering, according to Wayne Woodyard, a former president of the Realtor organization, the Orange County Register reported.
Rohrabacher, who represents California’s 48 th Congressional District in coastal Orange County, corroborated the “accuracy of the sentiment” Thursday, the Register reported.
He told homeowners should have the right to “choose whom they do business with.” He recognise race-based discrimination from refusing to do business with a person for their “lifestyle or political beliefs.”
“We’ve drawn a line on racism, but I don’t think we should widen that line, ” Rohrabacher said.
A Realtor gay-rights group reportedly protested Rohrabacher’s statement, inspiring the National Association of Realtors( NAR) to withdraw its support for Rohrabacher, the newspaper reported.
“We certainly hope that Congress will … support the elimination of housing discrimination based on sex orientation or gender identity, ” NAR, a trade group of 1.3 million members. said.
Rohrabacher faces 15 challengers in his “toughest re-election campaign, ” including eight Democrats and former Orange County GOP chairwoman Scott Baugh, research reports said.
One of the Democrats running against Rohrabacher is Harley Rouda, son of a former Realtor association president, the Register reported.
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