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Florida condo reverses husbands-and-wives-only policy after uproar from LGBT activists


VENICE, Fla. -- A Florida condominium association is reversing a policy that allowed only singles and husband-and-wife couples to buy or lease units in the complex after an uproar from gay-rights activists.

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports the Casa Di amici Condominium Association Inc. in Venice held a special meeting Thursday.

The association had approved a policy on July 17 that barred unmarried couples from the complex. Some considered the policy discriminatory against gay couples, who cannot legally marry in Florida.

Board member Bill Moniz said at the meeting Thursday the police was meant to keep corporations from buying multiple units in the neighborhood, not discriminate.

The revised policy replaces all references to husband-and-wife to two human beings.

Condominium owners will vote on the amendments within 45 days.


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Not just discriminating against gay couples, but heterosexual couples of my generation often co-habitate (a legal term from when it was illegal) without marrying. My wife and I shared apartments in Florida for 3 years before we legally married.

Indeed it is rank discrimination at present. My (female) partner and I are in our early 70's, but have never been husband and wife, except in our practices. We have never been married. So presumably we would be kept out of this place.

Perhaps they could save major embarresment as well as the time and money of their board members if they were to consult a competent lawyer if they REALLY wanted to simply keep out corporation owners.

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