Stephanie Clemens thought her and her boyfriend would have no problem finding an apartment when they began their search a few months ago but now says she learned differently. “When we explained to the landlord we were unmarried he refused to rent to us,” Clemens said and continued, “he told us because we didn't live by LDS standards, and believed unmarried couples shouldn't live together.”
When Clemens told landlords that she was not LDS, she would get responses like, “well, do you live LDS standards?” or “I’m not LDS [either], but I’m trying not to mix.”
Civil rights attorney Brian Barnard said, “Refusing to rent to a Mormon or allowing a Mormon to rent is clearly religious discrimination.” Barnard said that renters do have their rights, and they can file a complaint with the state. He also gave them another option, You can sue,” Barnard said, “and you should sue.”
Clemens did eventually find a place, but she ran into, what she said, was too much religious discrimination in the process.
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