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Realtor challenges PAC on anti-LGBT endorsements
QSanAntonio, May 1, 2014

A gay realtor from Plano is organizing meetings in San Antonio and around the state to make LGBT realtors aware that the Texas Association of Realtors and its funding arm, the Texas Real Estate Political Action Committee (TREPAC), have endorsed and given donations to anti-LGBT candidates.

Bob McCranie, owner of Pride Realty in Plano, will be in town on Monday, May 5 at a kick-off luncheon with San Antonio members of the National Association of Gay & Lesbian Realtors. At that gathering, he will speak to local agents about changing the way that TREPAC endorses candidates.

This year, TREPAC endorsed Greg Abbott for governor, David Dewhurst for lieutenant governor, Glenn Hegar for Texas comptroller of public accounts and George P. Bush for Texas land commissioner. All of these candidates are opposed to marriage equality.

"My hope is that the Texas Association of Realtors and Texas Real Estate Political Action Committee (TREPAC) will stop endorsing candidates who are against marriage equality and thus, against our property rights," McCranie wrote in a blog posting.

Bob McCranie (Photo: Facebook)

In that posting, McCranie goes on to explain that in a community property state like Texas, same-sex couples who cannot marry legally do not have the protections afforded heterosexual couples. This can affect co-ownership rights and the inheritance of property when one partner dies.

“What I’m told is ‘You won’t change Texas’ Texas is a very red meat state,’ but I want my associations of realtors on the local, state and national level to let their candidates know that this is an important topic for us,” McCranie told the Dallas Voice. “I want them to be aware that they are standing beside candidates that are adamantly homophobic who ring the fire alarm of homophobia to get their voters out. And we just blindly endorse them.”

The situation in Texas has captured the attention of Steve Brown, the openly-gay president of the National Association of Realtors who said in a statement that his organization rejected any "attempts to authorize and encourage discrimination in housing or real estate services under any banner. . ."

"LGBT Realtors have the opportunity to step up and change how TREPAC considers endorsements for homophobic candidates," writes McCranie on his Facebook event page. "I am working in Dallas, Houston, Austin and San Antonio to motivate realtors to work locally and on a state-wide basis to get TREPAC and RPAC's attention . . . We should not have our PAC dollars given to homophobes who pass laws that deny us our equality and hurt our property rights."

Kick Off Lunch - San Antonio - National Assn. of Gay & Lesbian Realtors, Monday, May 5, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Luther's Cafe, 1422 N. Main Avenue.