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Smith v. Avanti

Case Concerning Housing Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Key Date: April 5, 2017 • Ruling Issued in Favor of Plaintiffs
Legal Team: Lambda Legal
Type: Housing Discrimination

Case Overview:

Smith v. Avanti involved a landlord in Boulder County, Colorado who refused to rent a housing unit to a same-sex couple, Tonya and Rachel Smith. Rachel is also transgender, and the couple is raising two children together. The landlord repeatedly expressed concerns about the couple’s “uniqueness” when denying their ability to rent the unit.

Latest in the Case:

On April 5, 2017, U.S District Judge Raymond P. Moore ruled that the property owner’s discrimination violated the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act, adopted by the Colorado Legislature in 2008, demonstrating the need for powerful state non-discrimination laws.

Furthermore – for the first time in federal court, Judge Moore also found that the property owner’s anti-LGBT discrimination violated the Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination based on sex, including stereotypes about sex.

On April 7 the parties in the case settled, concluding the case.


Last Updated August 30, 2017

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