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Gay couple denied apartment
In Ontario, Canada it is a human rights violation to discriminate against someone based on sexual orientation in the areas of:
4) Services & facilities
5) Membership in vocational associations and trade unions
In this story, the rental agent refuses to allow a gay couple to rent her apartment because they're gay. One of her arguments is that she has tenants who are Seventh Day Adventists, and they told her they don't want to have a gay couple living in the building.
As a Catholic, what would you do in this situation? Would you discriminate against the gay couple in the area of accommodation, having full knowledge that doing so is against the law, on the grounds of your religion? Or would you abide by the Human Rights Code as a law-abiding citizen? Filing a human rights complaint is taken very seriously in Ontario, which could result in damages paid to the complainant.
The gay couple have filed a complaint to the Ontario Human Rights Code.
The excuse sounds more ridiculous to me than if the rental agent was just plain prejudiced against renting to gay couples, namely that her refusal is based on the views of other tenants (although such things do happen in co-ops which have tenant boards). I once had an experience in which my non-Jewish landlady told me flat out they do not rent to Black people and prefer renting to Jews such as myself because we are supposedly so intellectual. I hardly knew what to say but really needed the apartment so I signed the lease despite my misgivings. To this day, I regret not standing up for my principles.