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Lesbian Couple Sues Retirement Home For Barring Them on Religious Grounds

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Married couple Mary Walsh and Beverly Nance are suing the St. Louis retirement home Friendship Village Sunset Hills for denying their housing applications through religiously-backed policies on marriage.

The two put down $2,000 to get an apartment spot, but were immediately rejected once the home learned that they had been married since 2009. So Walsh and Nance filed a federal lawsuit against the organization for violating the Fair Housing Act and the Missouri Human Rights Act.

Their room-sharing policy on marriage “means the union of one man and one woman, as marriage is understood in the Bible,” reported LGBTQ Nation.

“Missouri seniors should not be subjected to the pain and discrimination faced by Mary and Bev,” said ACLU of Missouri Legal Director Tony Rothert. “Mary and Bev were financially and otherwise qualified for residency in the Friendship Village community. Their exclusion from this community is the result of discrimination alone,” American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri Legal Director Tony Rothert said.


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