NAR votes unanimously to amend NAR Code of Ethics to include sexual orientation

Services for Real Estate Pros with National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Profession

May 15, 2010 - The National Association of Realtors (NAR) Professional Standards Committee convened 5/13/10 during the NAR midyear meetings in Washington, DC and voted unanimously on a proposal to amend the NAR Code of Ethics to include sexual orientation as a protected class. The unanimous vote was followed by joyous applause. As of 5/15, the motion has been approved by NAR's Board of Directors, and will go before NAR's delegate body during their annual meeting this November 2010 in New Orleans for final review. If final review is passed, the change in code will take effect January 1, 2011.

The National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals (NAGLREP) works closely with NAR's Equal Opportunity - Cultural Diversity Committee (EOC), and originally brought the idea for amendment forward in March of 2009 via NAGLREP CEO Jeff Berger and Director Eric Kodner. Kodner serves as a 2010 Director of NAR's EOC, and also serves the Wisconsin Realtor Association's (WRA) Madison EOC. Kodner suggested the amendment during the WRA's Madison EOC March 2009 meeting. We are very thankful to WRA members Eric kodner, lead counsel Debbi Conrad, Kevin King, Char Glocke and the entire WRA who worked so hard to prepare and present the WRA's proposal before NAR. 

You may view a video of the vote by Professional Standards Committee at

Comments (1)

Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 -

Jeff, thanks for the mention!  Your video from the NAR Professional Standards meeting is something all Realtors should view.  The passage of this resolution will impact upon the practice of over a million Realtors.  And the resulting Code of Ethics change will protect perhaps tens of millions of real estate consumers from discrimination.

May 24, 2010 03:07 AM