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State ex rel. Sprague v. City of Madison

Wisconsin Court of Appeals
555 N.W.2d 409 (Wis. Ct. App. 1996)


Facts

Hacklander-Ready and Rowe (defendants) leased a four bedroom house and had the owner’s permission to allow others to live there and share in the rent. Sprague (plaintiff) applied to live in the house and was accepted by Hacklander-Ready and Rowe, but after Sprague paid her deposit, Hacklander-Ready and Rowe told her that she could not move in because they were not comfortable with her sexual orientation. Sprague filed a complaint with the Madison Equal Opportunity Commission (MEOC) alleging violation of a city ordinance that prohibited a person having rental rights in a building from denying an individual housing on the basis of sexual orientation. The MEOC ruled in favor of Sprague and the trial court affirmed. Hacklander-Ready and Rowe appealed.

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