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Friday, July 27, 2012

Lesbian Couple Needs Our Help

A lesbian couple in a state that does NOT have any housing protections laws for gays and lesbians is being harassed into moving:
Any legal eagle readers have any advice on helping this distressed lesbian couple???

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11 comments:

  1. I don't have any legal advice, But my prayers and positive thoughts go out to this lesbian couple.

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  2. I dont have a legal background but the first thing I would do is install some security cameras facing the yard/windows. Then I would turn in some paperwork to the court asking for a restraining order, since they fear for their lives. Before the court date, it will be a temporary order and if it is violated the police will have to take action. It would help to know what state this is in because a lot of states have different laws on harassment and housing. Also, contact a fair housing organization and ask what can be done if the landlord is not making an effort to rectify the issue. That is what I would do in the situation.

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  3. As stated in post, their state has NO housing protection laws. Also stated, the police told them to just move.

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    1. If they have a restraining order, the police can't say "just move". The police must do something if there is a restraining order on file, even if it's temporary. And there are fair housing laws in every state, they are just slightly different.

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  4. Hon, there are Federal Housing laws that protect them as women, not as lesbians. Their status as lesbians is beside the point legally. Each state has a fair housing office. File a complaint. And contact the Human Relations Council locally or statewide. Each US State has Federal Housing laws that protect people based on sex and marital status.

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  5. Here is the link to HUD:

    http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/fair_housing_equal_opp/FHLaws/yourrights

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  6. Nice try Levi, but I'm not revealing where they live.

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  7. I'm not a lawyer, but here's what I'd do. Move immediately, then contact a lawyer and see who can be sued for moving expenses and damages.

    Even though there's a political principle here (why move because of other people's bigotry), I think being safe is more important.

    While waiting for the lawsuit $ to come in, maybe one of those fundraising sites could help.

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  8. Move house. In the future have security cameras installed that run 24/7 and have nightvision (you can buy these cheap DIY kits on ebay. Well not cheap cheap, but cheaper than what you would pay retail and for someone to install it).
    Sometimes moving is the only way to deal with a situation like this, I've been there myself.

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  9. Having had personal experience of this and seeing lesbian friends go through this, I do think sadly the best solution is to move. I know they shouldn't have to. But this type of neighbour harassment is very difficult to resolve even with supportive police.

    I hope things get better for the in the future.

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  10. Dirt, you paranoid piece of shit, Levi was trying to help, not hurt. Do any of the rest of you see how crazy she is? Do you think that we couldn't find lesbians to harass in our own towns if we had any desire to do that? Jesus Christ!

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