Complaint Over Christian Roommate Ad Dismissed

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A housing complaint filed against a Michigan woman who expressed interest in finding a Christian roommate has been dismissed.

The single, 31-year-old unnamed woman posted an ad at her church seeking someone to live with her who shared the same beliefs.

Yet, the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan filed a complaint stating the ad was illegal because of its "discriminatory" nature.

The Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian Legal group, called the action against the woman "outrageous," and submitted a letter Oct. 21 to the Michigan Department of Civil Rights on her behalf.

"This attempt to criminalize the legal and constitutionally protected activity of a single Christian woman privately seeking a Christian roommate at church is nothing short of absurd," said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Joel Oster.

In response, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development dismissed the complaint against the woman on Nov. 4.

"HUD did the right thing through its dismissal of the frivolous complaint," Oster added. "Anti-religious groups wanting to confine Christians and their beliefs within the four walls of their church or home cannot also invade those very walls by forcing their own ideas upon Christians through threats of severe punishment."

HUD's investigation found "no reasonable cause" for the accusation of discrimination by the housing center.

Michigan does have an "anti-discriminiation" housing law in place that prevents landlords from seeking tenants based on gender or religion.

The ADF is considering filing a lawsuit challenging the law.

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