Michigan’s Department of Civil Rights is investigating a single 31-year-old woman for posting a note on her church bulletin board stating that she was seeking a “Christian roommate” to share her residence. According to the agency, she violated Fair Housing laws by “engaging in discriminatory advertising … due to religious beliefs.” If found guilty, the young woman may have to pay a civil fine, as well as be forced to attend “sensitivity training,” so that she will not “discriminate in the future.” The complaint was signed by Tyra Khan, a Michigan “Civil Rights Representative.”
Joel Oster, a spokesman for the Alliance Defense Fund who is representing the woman, confirmed that ADF sent a letter to the state explaining that such housing rules don’t apply to people living in their own homes and wanting to share their resources.
“[Tricia] is a single lady looking for a roommate. She is not a landlord. She does not own a management company. She does not run an apartment complex. She is a single person seeking to have a roommate live with her in her house,” the letter said.
Oster also said that the government’s actions blatantly violated her First Amendment rights to freedom of association and asked that the complaint be immediately dismissed. [CitizenLink.com, WorldNetDaily.com]