After securing a temporary place to stay in Vancouver, Caleb Gardiner was met with a nasty shock. All because he has a boyfriend.
Gardiner had recently returned to the city and needed a place to stay while searching for an apartment. He found one on Craigslist with one condition: a person staying over was an extra $10.
That was all fine and well to Gardiner. He proceeded to inform the Craigslist host his boyfriend would be staying over and reportedly received a text that read: ‘Sorry! If you guys are gay, I cannot allow this happen in my house.’
The text continued: ‘Pls don’t bring your boyfriend to sleep over in my house. If you insist to do so, I would refund you all your money & please leave tomorrow, & find somewhere to stay. Sorry I am very firm about this matter. I am a Christian, it’s totally against my God’s will. I don’t want this thing in my house at all.’
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Thanks to BC’s Human Rights Code, this is legal
Section 10 of BC’s Human Rights Code says that if ‘sleeping, bathroom or cooking facilities’ are shared, renters can discriminate. This situation was, in fact, a shared space.
Robyn Durling, communications director for the BC Human Rights Clinic justified by saying: ‘That allows women to have another woman with them, that allows a Jewish person to have another Jewish person using their kitchen. It’s intended to say that yes, in certain circumstances when people are living in close proximity, there may be a need to discriminate.’
Gardiner ended up getting the refund and finding another place to stay.
‘I think it was presumed by people that given marriage equality in Vancouver for more than 10 years now that this sort of thing wouldn’t be legal,’ he said.