Mo. Couple Claims Discrimination In Retirement Housing Case.


A lesbian couple in Missouri is suing a senior-living facility that refused to let them live there due to their sexual orientation.

Mary Walsh, 72, and Bev Nance, 68, of Shrewsbury said they were rejected by Friendship Village even after they had put down a $2,000 deposit because officials at the facility said the couple violated a policy upholding "the union of one man and one woman, as marriage is understood in the Bible."

The couple has been together for decades and has been legally married since 2009. Their attorneys say Friendship Village's policy violates the federal Fair Housing Act and the Missouri Human Rights Act, reported the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

"Mary and Bev were denied housing for one reason and one reason only--because they were married to each other rather than to men," Julie Wilensky, a lawyer with the National Center for Lesbian Rights, said in a news release. "This is exactly the type of sex discrimination the Fair Housing Act prohibits. Their...

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