Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher was already facing a tough re-election bid in California’s 48th Congressional District – with 15 candidates running against him, including a former protégé – when he told a delegation of Orange County realtors that it is acceptable to refuse to sell homes to LGBTQ people.
“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 an Orange County Association of Realtors delegation at a May 16 meeting in Washington, D.C., Wayne Woodyard, a former Orange County Realtor president who was at the event, told the Orange County Register.
Rohrabacher told the Orange County Register Thursday that homeowners should have “a right to choose who they do business with.”
“We’ve drawn a line on racism. But I don’t think we should extend that line,” he told the paper. “A homeowner should not be required to be in business with someone they think is doing something that is immoral.”
Rohrabacher’s campaign confirmed to ABC News the sentiments in the comments were accurate.
Campaign spokesman Greg Blair said in a statement that the congressman “does not believe the federal government should force those with strong religious convictions into a personal or business relationship that is contrary to their religion.”
Rohrabacher made the comments to a group of realtors including members of the National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals (NAGLREP) who were meeting with the congressman to seek his support for including LGBTQ protections under the Fair Housing Act, according to a letter sent by the group’s founder, Jeff Berger, to the president of the National Association of Realtors.
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SOURCE: ABC News, Esther Castillejo