Court excepts roommate site from housing bias laws

San Francisco Chronicle:

Court excepts roommate site from housing bias laws

A website that matches prospective roommates is entitled to screen applicants by sexual orientation and gender because housing discrimination laws don’t apply within a household, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

Applying civil rights laws to living arrangements inside a home or apartment “would allow the government to restrict our ability to choose roommates compatible with our lifestyles,” said the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. “This would be a serious invasion of privacy, autonomy and security.”

The court ordered dismissal of a suit by two civil rights organizations in Southern California against The Phoenix website requires prospective users to disclose their sex, sexual orientation and family status and say whether they would be willing to live with straight or gay men or women, or with children.

Wow! The Ninth Circuit gets one right.


This really came out of the 9th? in San Francisco? Oh, the irony!

Federal Fair Housing laws already allow you to discriminate in housing on whatever basis you want when you are renting out an area that you live in too, so why wouldn’t this site be legal? Such a silly lawsuit and nothing groundbreaking.

Silly lawsuit, yes.

On the point of law, yes, nothing groundbreaking.

That the point of law was actually upheld by the Ninth Circuit, given the specific charges and source, was worthy of mention IMO, at least to many Catholic participants in this Forum.

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