Two weeks ago my husband and I had our things moved to what we expected would be a nice new apartment in Cold Spring. It was a “mother-in-law suite” near but not attached to the landlord’s home. My husband went with the truck and I stayed in New Hampshire for work reasons. That was a Monday. On Tuesday the landlord saw my husband’s “My God Loves LBGT!” button on his camera bag. He asked what it was about. My husband said he supports gay rights. The landlord asked if he was gay. My husband said, “Yes, I’m bisexual.”
On Wednesday we were evicted because, according to the landlord, “it’s unhealthy for my children to be around such people.” We removed our belongings from the property and put them in storage. We are stunned that such a thing happened in Cold Spring. We are now staying at a friend’s home looking for a place to live.
Karen Gorst, Cold Spring
The editor responds: New York state law forbids landlords from discriminating against tenants on the basis of age, race, national origin, gender, marital status, disability, military status or sexual orientation. (There is one exception: rental units in two-family homes occupied by the owner are not subject to the law.) At the federal level, the Fair Housing Act protects renters from discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, gender, disability and the presence of children but not sexual orientation.
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