Warren and I have owned 7 different properties together, but between us there were no legally established property rights. Fifteen years together meant nothing.
Marriage provides property rights.
* One spouse owns a house prior to marriage and the other spouse spends one night in the property, they have rights.
* When one spouse sells a home the other has to sign for that closing as well
* When purchasing a home both spouses can count towards the income and credit rating for the purchase.
* When one spouse dies the other has immediate rights to the property which can not be superseded by other family members.
I am a professional REALTOR. LGBT Marriage Equality is a property rights issue, and thus, a REALTOR issue. My relationship with Warren counted. It was real.
Texas is a red meat state with politicians who get more votes every time they ring the bell of discrimination. It draws out voters when you tell them others are trying to take something away from them. But discrimination is wrong. It is antithetical to the American dream and the Code of Ethics. Discrimination destroys families, communities and property values. Texas won't change over night, but our PAC can be an important catalyst for protecting the property rights of our LGBT Realtors and neighbors.
I want our PAC to put the issue of Marriage Equality in front of candidates before giving out endorsements. If they see a 90,000 person PAC ask for their position on the issue, they will understand its importance. Texas candidates may not agree with the issue but at least they should be asked the question. LGBT Realtors like myself should no longer be second class members of our associations as our property rights issues get ignored.
This post originally appeared at http://activerain.com/blogsview/4349579/property-rights-are-realtor-issues-our-candidates-should-agree