West Virginia is one of thirty states that does not have a law that prevents a landlord from turning down a potential tenant because he or she is gay. The federal housing authority also has no laws protecting gays and lesbians from housing discrimination.
Two women in West Virginia claim that they were led to believe by a landlord that they would have an apartment rental by the end of the month but the landlord backed away, saying he was uncomfortable with their lifestyle. The landlord told news reporters that he said no such thing.
Nonetheless, gays and lesbians who are denied housing because of their sexual orientation often have no recourse.
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