Probe Reveals LGBT Discrimination in the Mortgage Industry

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Through a series of recent interviews, found that the current state of the mortgage loan market is not fair to the LGBT community.

This year the LGBT community’s fight for equality reached a fever pitch, as the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act. investigated how LGBT inequality affects another staple of adult life: owning a home. Through a series of interviews with lenders, government officials and borrowers, found that the country has a long way to go before it can say everyone has equal access to homeownership.

In an interview with Renee Spears, the Portland, Ore.-based founder of Rose City Mortgage, found that mortgage discrimination has changed from blatant to subtle. Fifteen years ago, Spears’ mother was denied a mortgage because of her sexuality. Today LGBT homeowners must navigate the confusing laws on the differences between domestic partnerships and marriage.

The plight of LGBT home loan borrowers was brought into the media spotlight this January, when Bank of America refused to finance a lesbian couple’s new home. But less prominent are the issues of LGBT homelessness that organizations such as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development fight against.

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