Since early 2008, gay, lesbian, and gay friendly realtors of NAGLREP have been lobbying the National Association of Realtors (NAR) to amend the NAR Code of Ethics, also known as Rule #10, to prohibit REALTOR discrimination based on sexual orientation. NAGLREP director Eric Kodner originally brought the proposal on our behalf to his local Equal Opportunity – Cultural Diversity Committee (EOC) committee of the Madison Wisconsin Realtor Association (WRA). It all started at that meeting and the WRA loved the idea.
In November 2009, during the NAR annual meetings in San Diego, NAGLREP and the WRA successfully lobbied NAR to amend NAR’s policy on equal housing opportunity to include sexual orientation as a protected class.
Today 3/14/10 NAGLREP directors were notified by the WRA’s lead council Debbi Conrad that our efforts have taken a great step forward. Debbi expressed clearly.. it is a 2 step program with the first step behind us. Today the WRA’s proposal was approved by NAR’s Interpretation & Procedures Subcommittee. The next hurdle is getting the Professional Standards Committee to approve the amendment in DC this May 13th during the NAR midyear meetings.
NAGLREP members had already planned to meet in Washington, DC during the National Association of Realtors midyear meetings to attend a forum May 11-12 hosted by NAR’s Equal Opportunity – Cultural Diversity Committee (EOC). NAGLREP will also host a cocktail party the evening of May 11th.
We offer a special thanks to WRA legal counselors Debbi Conrad, and Kevin King. In addition we are thankful to other committee members Eric Kodner, Char Glocke, and the entire WRA.