Spurned gay renters file human rights complaint
A lesbian couple, who say they were turned down for trying to rent a basement suite because they're gay, have filed a complaint with the British Columbia Human Rights tribunal.
In sworn affidavits, Kathleen Webb and Liana LeBlanc say they were shown the suite and told by owners Brenda and Marc Rovner that they were the first choice for tenants.
The documents say that when LeBlanc called back to arrange a damage deposit Brenda Rovner asked about the women's relationship and LeBlanc told her they were gay.
The women claim Rovner then asked if they would be comfortable living in a home with Christian beliefs and that she didn't want to rent to two people.
LeBlanc and Webb want the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal to decide if they were discriminated against because they're in a lesbian relationship.
The Rovners asked the tribunal to dismiss the complaint, but tribunal member Barbara Humphreys ruled it should be heard because the affidavits are contradictory and if the couple is successful the decision could further the purpose of the Human Rights Code.