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Housing head announces new rules

Housing head announces new rules

As the Republicans bloody each in other in Florida, the Obama White House is showing its base why the president needs to be reelected.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan spoke at the Creating Change conference yesterday. He listed the achievements made by the Obama Administration concerning LGBT rights —- from the ending of Don't Ask, Don't Tell to a presidential memorandum 'promoting the protection of the human rights of LGBT individuals abroad.'

Donovan announced his own department will be publishing a new anti-discrimination rule next week.

'Today, I am proud to announce a new Equal Access to Housing Rule that says clearly and unequivocally that LGBT individuals and couples have the right to live where they choose,' Donovan said.

The regulation prohibits operators of HUD housing to inquire about an applicant's and/or occupant's sexual orientation or gender identity. This new regulation will take effect 30 days after next week's announcement.

'Publishing this rule next week won’t be the end of the process – but in many ways, just the beginning,' the HUD secretary said. 'Enacting a rule is not enough. Training and education are essential to ensuring rules are followed in communities across the country.'

Donovan's announcement earned kudos from the sponsor of the conference, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

'These housing protections will reduce homelessness and increase economic security for LGBT people, which helps break the cycle of poverty that many families experience due to discrimination,' said Rea Carey, executive director of the Task Force — as reported by the Miami Herald.

Donovan earned praise recently for breaking away from his boss on gay marriage. What was remarkable was the HUD head did not have to retract his words.

However, it seems this will be the tactic of Obama's re-election team. Permitting surrogates to point to the administration's LGBT record and not requiring message discipline on same sex marriage.

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