Realtor challenges PAC on anti-LGBT
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
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.