Bill seeks to add gender identity, sexual orientation to Fair Housing Act

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WASHINGTON (CBS19 NEWS) -- U.S. Senator Tim Kaine is part of a new bipartisan bill that aims to protect members of the LGBTQ community from housing discrimination.

The Democrat has co-sponsored the bill along with Republican Susan Collins and Independent Angus King.

If passed, the bill would add gender identity and sexual orientation to the classes protected from discrimination under the Fair Housing Act.

That federal law currently prohibits discrimination based on race, religion and national origin.

"It's time for the federal government to show leadership as well, in the federal Fair Housing Act, and protect people from discrimination based upon who they love, their sexual orientation or gender identity," said Kaine.

He has introduced this bill before and is looking to get more of his colleagues to co-sponsor it.

Currently, 21 states, Washington, D.C., and more than 200 localities include sexual orientation and gender identity in their housing discrimination statutes and ordinances.

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