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Photo Of The Day: 50 Years Since Signing Of The 1968 United States Civil Rights Act

It is also known as the Fair Housing Act.

BY Derrick Tan | Apr 12, 2018 | Culture

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Today's Photo of the Day goes back in time to witness the signing of The 1968 United States Civil Rights Act.

Also known as the Fair Housing Act, this Civil Rights Act expanded on previous acts and provides for equal housing opportunities regardless of race, religion, or national origin and made it a federal crime if “by force or by threat of force, injure, intimidate, or interfere with reason of their race, colour, religion, or national origin” occurs.

The Act was signed into law during the King (Martin Luther King Jr.) assassination riots by President Lyndon B. Johnson, who had previously signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act. Victims of discrimination may use both the 1968 act and the 1866 act via section 1983 to seek redress.

Interestingly, sexual orientation and gender identity are not protected under the Fair Housing Act; the federal law in general does not protect gays and lesbians or other sexual minorities (transgender or transsexual) against discrimination in private housing. The road to #legalize #equality is a long winding one.