California congressman Dana Rohrabacher, who said last week that people should be “open to all points of view” when it comes to the cause of global warming, thinks it’s fine if people looking to sell their homes don’t want to do so to LGBTQ people.
The Orange County Register reports that last week, Rohrabacher told a delegation from the Orange County Association of Realtors—which was lobbying him to support a bill that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected classes under the Fair Housing Act—that “every homeowner should be able to make a decision not to sell their home to someone (if) they don’t agree with their lifestyle.”
On Thursday, the paper asked him about it, and he doubled down:
Rohrabacher confirmed the accuracy of the sentiment, and added that homeowners should have the right to “choose who they do business with.”
“We’ve drawn a line on racism, but I don’t think we should extend that line,” Rohrabacher said. “A homeowner should not be required to be in business with someone they think is doing something that is immoral.”
The Register reports that the National Association of Realtors, which had previously recommended that its members donate to Rohrabacher, withdrew its support of him. “It was determined that Rep. Rohrabacher will no longer receive support from NAR’s President’s Circle,” the group’s statement to the Register reportedly said. “We certainly hope that Congress will...support the elimination of housing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.”
It’s no small loss for Rohrabacher, as the Register reports the NAR’s PAC gave him $5,000 in both December and January. “It certainly can’t do me any good to have people take me off their endorsement list,” Rohrabacher pouted to the paper. “It’s sad to see (the NAR’s) priority is standing in solidarity with making sure a stamp of approval is put on somebody’s private lifestyle.”
Rohrabacher, who is coincidentally as responsible as anyone for the career of war criminal Erik Prince, is locked in a tough re-election battle this year. Sixteen people, including Rohrabacher and eight Democrats, are running in California’s top-two primary in June to represent a district that Hillary Clinton won by two points in 2016.