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Lesbian Couple Sues Senior Living Facility for Discrimination

July 26, 2018 - 8:45 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A senior housing community in Sunset Hills is being sued by the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

Mary Walsh and Bev Nance are married and tried to move into Friendship Village. The lawsuit claims the complex violated the federal Fair Housing Act and Missouri Human Rights Act by discriminating against them because they're a gay married couple.  The couple's attorneys say Friendship Village told Walsh and Nance that it would not accept them because it followed the “Biblical definition” of marriage.

 Walsh and Nance paid a $2,000 deposit and signed all of their paperwork after being actively encouraged by Friendship Village for several months to live there.

The friendship village website says it is ‘guided by Biblical values and continually serves the senior community with quality offerings that promote lifelong well-being’.