A Southern California congressman faces a response to recent statements that homeowners have the right to refuse to sell their property to gays and lesbians, reports said.
U.S. Representative Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., A 15-year-old member of the congress, reportedly held a delegation from the Orange County Association of Realtors at a meeting in Washington, DC on May 16.
"Every homeowner should be able to make the decision not to sell their home to anyone [if] they disagree with their lifestyle," said Rohrabacher of the meeting, said Wayne Woodyard, a former president of Realtor Organization, reported the Orange County Register.
Rohrabacher, representing California's 48 th Congressional District in Coastal Orange County, confirmed the "accuracy of sentiment" on Thursday, the registry reported.
He said homeowners should have the right to "choose with whom they do business." He distinguished racial discrimination from refusing to do business with a person because of their "lifestyle or political beliefs."
"We have drawn a line on racism, but I do not think we are" This line should be broadened, "said Rohrabacher.
According to reports, a Realtor gay rights group protested against Rohrabacher's testimony that the real estate brokers' association (NAR) promptly withdrew its support for Rohrabacher, the newspaper reported.
"Of course we hope Congress will … support the elimination of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity discrimination," NAR, a trade group of 1.3 million members.
Rohrabacher faces 15 challengers in his "toughest re-election campaign," including eight Democrats and former Orange County GOP governor Scott Baugh.
One of the Democrats against Rohrabacher is Harley Rouda, son from a former Realtorverbandpräsidenten reported the register.  Click here for more information from the Orange County Register.