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Property Law Keyed to Singer
State Ex Rel. Sprague v. City of Madison
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Ann Hacklander-Ready leased a four bedroom apartment; she had permission from the owner to lease the other rooms to housemates to make up portions of the rent. One of those tenants was Maureen Rowe. The two girls placed ads looking for another roommate. Carol Sprague applied and the girls accepted her application from numerous applicants. At the time they offered the room they knew of her sexual orientation. Carol made a deposit for rent on May 4th 1989. The following day the two girls told Carol they were withdrawing their offer because they were not comfortable living with a person of her sexual orientation. Sprague filed a complaint with the Madison Equal Opportunity Commission who found in favor of Sprague. The girls appeal that decisi
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