August 14, 2013

Venice, Florida -- On the surface it seems outright discriminatory: a condominium association says if a couple wants to buy in the complex, they must be husband and wife. Those couples "living in sin" can't make the purchase.

And the way Florida law is written, it's perfectly legal.

The new restrictions -- which just went into effect this summer --at the Casa Di Amici Condo basically means the 12 percent of the population that defines itself as being in a domestic partnership, whether it be gay and lesbian or heterosexual, cannot buy together in the upscale condominium complex.

Julia Nowak discovered the restriction after a document she received from her condo association.

"I could not believe what I was reading. It basically says you have to be either a single person or a husband and wife to purchase a unit here," Nowak says.

Nowak, a gay realtor who rents her condo to her parents, is outraged by the new restrictions, which she points out could also exclude "two elderly people who want to save on their social security, so they don't get married."

Attorney Mary Greenwood of the Brandon Law Center says, "To me, this is discriminatory."