At present, ActiveRain Guidelines prohibit "slurs or the malicious use of stereotypes intended to attack or demean" a particular
- Sexual orientation
NAR, in contrast, states "REALTORS® shall not deny equal professional services to any person for reasons of"
- Sex (Gender)
- Familial status
- National origin (Nationality)
Missing from the Code of Ethics list of protected groups is Sexual Orientation. The founders of ActiveRain are to be commended for their stance on this important issue.
In the midst of a heated exchange of comments yesterday here on ActiveRain about the treatment of individuals with differing sexual orientation, the author of a controversial post argued essentially that the Code does not mention or apply to the subject of sexual orientation.
Well then, shouldn't this "loophole" be closed? Do you believe NAR should rewrite Article 10 of the Code of Ethics to include "sexual orientation" as a protected category?
Do some Realtors® believe that it is permissible to discriminate when a particular group is absent from the Code? If Article 10 of the Code fails to extend protection to all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation, a change is long overdue. NAR should directly address this issue and leave no doubt in the minds of real estate professionals and the public.
We all know the National Association of REALTORS®is watching and reading posts on ActiveRain. REALTOR®Magazine articles have repeatedly mentioned ActiveRain in recent issues. So it is my hope that someone at NAR will read this and take note.
Since ActiveRain has already taken the lead on this important matter, perhaps it's time for NAR to do likewise and take the step of including sexual orientation as a protected category in Article 10 of the Code of Ethics.
It's time for NAR to demonstrate that it is committed to providing equal protection and services to everyone.
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