First Liberty is the law firm representing elderly couple Ken and Liv Hauge, who reside at the Evergreens at Smith Run in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Ken Hauge is a retired Lutheran minister who moved to the senior living center in 2017. He volunteers part-time at a small church and volunteered to lead the Bible study.
Hauge first applied to reserve the community center with management, however, apartment management reportedly refused to allow the group to gather unless the Hauges' label it a "book review" rather than "Bible study."
On Monday, Watts discussed the ongoing battle and the threat of eviction by Community Realty Company.
According to FirstLiberty, the CRC, barring the Hauges — both of whom are in their mid-80s — from leading a Bible study in the community room, is violating the federal Fair Housing Act:
Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Fair Housing Act), as amended, prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of dwellings, and in other housing-related transactions, based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status (including children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women, and people securing custody of children under the age of 18), and disability. More on the Fair Housing Act
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