US bigot's homophobia just lost him the support of realtors

US bigot's homophobia just lost him the support of realtors May 28, 2018

US Representative Dana Rohrabacher, above, has expressed sadness that a key player in his California re-election campaign withdrew its support after he said that fundamentalist Christian homeowners should have the right to refuse to sell their properties to homosexuals.
The National Association of Realtors, according to this report, withdrew its recommendation that members send campaign contributions to Rohrabacher following an address he gave earlier this month to an Orange County Association of Realtors delegation in Washington, DC.
The climate-change denier and opponent of gay marriage told the 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.

Last Thursday, Rohrabacher confirmed the accuracy of the message, and added that homeowners should have the 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.
A homeowner should not be required to be in business with someone they think is doing something that is immoral.

The statement ignited a protest by a Realtor gay-rights group, prompting the National Association of Realtors, which has 1.3 million members, to issue a statement that said:

It was determined that Rep. Rohrabacher will no longer receive support from NAR’s President’s Circle.

It pointed out that his words ran contrary to NAR’s code of ethics, which bans discrimination on the basis of:

Sexual orientation or gender identity. We certainly hope that Congress will … support the elimination of housing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

The 15-term coastal Orange County Republican is locked in his toughest re-election campaign. He’s facing 15 challengers, including eight Democrats as well as onetime political ally Scott Baugh, former Orange County GOP chairman.
Rohrabacher, who represents California’s 48th District in coastal Orange County, said:

It certainly can’t do me any good to have people take me off their endorsement list. It’s sad to see (the association’s) priority is standing in solidarity with making sure a stamp of approval is put on somebody’s private lifestyle.

Harley Rouda, a Democrat who is challenging Rohrabacher and a son of a former Realtor association president, called Rohrabacher’s statements “outlandish and unacceptable”, saying everyone should have the same rights to buy and sell a home.

What Dana Rohrabacher fails to understand is discrimination is discrimination. It shows how backward his thinking is.

Previously Rohrabacher had been designated as a “Realtor Champion,” eligible for support from top realtor donors.
The Realtors Political Action Committee, the trade group’s campaign finance arm, also donated $5,000 to Rohrabacher’s re-election campaign in December and January. Rohrabacher also received donations from numerous agents, real estate developers and Realtor groups.
The backlash occurred after Orange County Realtors met last week with Rohrabacher during NAR’s mid-year lobbying conference in Washington and asked him to support H R 1447, among other issues.
The measure expands the Fair Housing Act passed in 1968 to add anti-discrimination protections based on a person’s sexual orientation and gender identity. The existing law already forbids home sellers, landlords and lenders from discrimination based on a person’s race, color, religion, sex or national origin.
Rohrabacher’s remarks sparked outrage among gay and lesbian Realtors after they posted them on Facebook.
The founder of a real estate gay-rights group then wrote to NAR President Elizabeth Mendenhall requesting the association revoke its support of Rohrabacher.
Wrote Jeff Berger, a Florida agent and founder of the National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals:

When a supposed champion of the Realtor Party outright states that housing discrimination should be lawful, I hope you agree there should be cause for concern. Ignoring the congressman’s comments belies the decades of serious work and progress NAR has made in the area of fair housing.

Rohrabacher said he vehemently opposes housing discrimination based on race, religion or a person’s sex. However:

There are some fundamentalist Christians who do not approve of their lifestyle. I support their rights

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  • Broga

    Rohrabacher, like many of his kind over the centuries is an ignorant bigot and they could always rely on support by declaiming their faith. No study, no being taught that analysis and objectivity are essential elements of a rounded education, no searching for facts and primary sources. The bible is enough to cover their ignorant bigotry.
    These days are disappearing although they are alive and infamously demonstrated in Trump’s USA. They make the USA of the future and any who place their confidence in them weak and vulnerable.

  • tonye

    Rohrabacher clearly acknowledges that people have a ‘private lifestyle’ but he has the arrogance to comment on it.
    I’m sure he would be the first to bleat ‘victim’ if someone commented on his.

  • AgentCormac

    ‘There are some fundamentalist Christians who do not approve of their lifestyle. I support their rights.’
    Rohrabacher frames it as if it’s some kind of liberal ‘Hey, everybody should have rights’ kind of issue. Which is both deceitful and disingenuous as what he really means is only people who agree with his own bigoted views should have rights. But sadly that’s the way that Trump’s America is going.

  • CoastalMaineBird

    a stamp of approval is put on somebody’s private lifestyle
    It’s NOT a stamp of approval, you ignorant putz, it’s a stamp of IRRELEVANCE !

  • phhht

    So many Republican congressmen are mentally impaired, and Rohrabacher is one more: just last fall, he demanded that NASA provide him with all its evidence for ancient civilizations on Mars.

  • Robster

    Silly realtor indeed. Homosexuality is NOT a “lifestyle” choice. Three car garage head, one car brain.

  • Broga

    phhht: ” he demanded that NASA provide him with all its evidence for ancient civilizations on Mars.”
    Orson Welles should have been alive to witness this. These fantasists are having a great time with Trump as President.

  • andym

    Here’s another classic piece of Republican science idiocy.

  • Broga

    andym: How much ridicule can fools like Palin survive? The supply of voters ready to support Palin and co. (and keep them living the high life on voters’ taxes seems endless). We have a steady supply of sub Palin nutters in the UK but not quite of the “quality” of Palin.
    Time to take my Labrador for a swim in the sea. He makes a refreshing change from politicians.

  • barriejohn

    What a brilliant mind. Not only does he think that there might have been an alien civilization on Mars “thousands of years ago” (when Adam and Eve were walking their dinosaur pets in the Garden of Eden perhaps?), but he considers exploration of space a waste of time when the Moon is so much closer. Maybe we’re not going to miss Professor Hawking quite as much as we had feared!
    (He’s Vice-Chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, for gawd’s sake.)

  • John the Drunkard

    It takes THIS to wake them up to Rohrabacher’s character? When their immediate business is involved they suddenly grow a conscience?
    Rohrabacher is the absolute pit of Republican know-nothingism. A slave to the NRA and a notorious Putin cheerleader.