HUD rule prohibits LGBT discrimination in mortgage lending and other programs it administers

In 2012, HUD adopt an Equal Access Rule that prohibits lenders from discriminating on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or marital status in granting mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). 24 C.F.R.Parts 5, 200, 203, 236, 400, 570, 574, 882, 8991, 982 (77 Fed. Regis. 5662 (Feb. 3, 2012). The rule applies to all housing programs administered by the department. In January 2013, HUD entered a settlement with Bank of America over a claim that it refused to grant a mortgage to a lesbian couple. See article. It was promulgated under HUD's general statutory authority to promote the "goal of a decent home and a suitable living environment for every American family," 42 U.S.C. §1441.