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Missouri senior living community cites the Bible to deny housing to gay couple: lawsuit

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A Missouri senior living community is being sued by a lesbian couple who allege that it cited the Bible as a justification for denying them housing.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that married couple Mary Walsh, 72, and Bev Nance, 68, are claiming that the St. Louis county-based Friendship Village senior living community wouldn’t let them live in its Sunset Hills community because their relationship violated its policy that married couples at its facilities be “one man and one woman, as marriage is understood in the Bible.”

“Mary and Bev were denied housing for one reason and one reason only — because they were married to each other rather than to men,” said Julie Wilensky, a lawyer for the San Francisco-based National Center for Lesbian Rights. “This is exactly the type of sex discrimination the Fair Housing Act prohibits. Their story demonstrates the kind of exclusion and discrimination still facing same-sex couples of all ages.”

The couple says that they visited the community multiple times before deciding they wanted to move there, and they say they never got any indication that the community would object to their relationship.

They tried to move to the community in July 2016 and paid a $2,000 deposit, but were subsequently rejected based on the center’s “longstanding policy” of denying housing to same-sex couples.

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Friendship Village offered no formal comment on the lawsuit when asked by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and it only acknowledged it was aware that the complaint had been filed.


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Will Hurd becomes first GOP lawmaker to condemn Trump’s ‘racist and xenophobic’ attacks on Dems

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Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) on Monday became the first Republican lawmaker to unequivocally condemn President Donald Trump's racist attacks against four Democratic lawmakers.

When asked by CNN's Christiane Amanpour about Trump's weekend tweets, in which he told Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) to “go back” to their countries despite the fact that all four are American citizens, Hurd did not hold back on repudiating the president's statements.

"Those tweets are racist, and xenophobic," he said. "They’re also inaccurate. The four women he’s referring to are actually citizens of the United States."

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Opponents of Fox News’ racism are ignoring the most important target: columnist

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Over the weekend, Fox News host Tucker Carlson went on a rant against Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (R-MN), claiming that she poses a danger to America and is the reason U.S. immigration laws should be changed.

Writing in The Intercept, columnist Peter Maas points out that while it's important to call out Carlson's racism, journalists shouldn't lose sight of the fact that the real culprits are the Murdoch family, which funds the xenophobia and racism of Fox News.

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Trump says his racist attacks were ‘not at all’ racist as Pelosi preps resolution condemning him

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President Donald Trump on Monday said his racist attacks on four Democratic lawmakers were "not at all" racist, even as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced a congressional resolution to condemn him for his "disgusting" smears.

While taking questions from reporters, the president was asked if he believed his attacks on Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) -- whom Trump told to "go back" to their countries despite the fact that all four are American citizens -- were racist.

"Not at all," the president replied.

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