A Florida condo association has banned prospective residents from purchasing a place together if they are not husband and wife — a requirement that some are calling archaic and homophobic.
According to the Miami New Times, Julia Nowak, an openly gay realtor who rents a unit to her elderly parents, discovered the new restriction after it was adopted in July.
"I could not believe what I was reading,” Nowak said. “It basically says you have to be either a single person or a husband and wife to purchase a unit here.”
The rule also forbids elderly couples, whose social security benefits would change if they married, from renting a unit.
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While it seems like such discrimination should be illegal, the unincorporated Sarasota County has no anti-discrimination law pertaining to same-sex couples, whether they are married in another state or not.
According to Florida attorney Mary Greenwood, there is nothing illegal at the federal, state or local level in the condo association’s ordinance. Unless the county or state passes a human-rights law that forbids discrimination, it will remain legal.
Greenwood, however, agreed that the requirement was discriminatory.
The Casa de Amici condo association refused to comment on the requirement.