Today Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley and Rhode Island Representative David Cicilline, together with lead co-sponsors Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), introduced the Equality Act, a bill to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing, credit, education, and jury service.
In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the federal Fair Housing Act prohibits not only intentional housing discrimination, but those housing decisions that have a “disparate impact” on a vulnerable population.
Today, Lambda Legal announced that Weinreb Management, a New York City-based management company, has complied with state and city law and added lesbian tenant Dava Weinstein's spouse, Dorothy Calvani, to her rent-stabilized lease.
Lambda Legal filed a complaint today against a New York City landlord for refusing to add lesbian tenant Dava Weinstein’s spouse, Dorothy Calvani, to her rent-stabilized lease as is required by state and city law.
Q: I just got married to my same-sex spouse. We are in the process of looking for housing, either to rent or buy, and are worried that we may face discrimination as a same-sex couple. What are my rights?
The building owner and management company will comply with state and city law and allow Lambda Legal client Regina Hawkins-Balducci to add her wife to the lease on her rent-stabilized Manhattan apartment.
After marrying her longtime partner in New York state, Regina Hawkins-Balducci tried to add her wife’s name to the lease on her rent-stabilized apartment in Harlem. Her landlord refused, even though Hawkins-Balducci presented him with the couple’s marriage certificate.