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Would-be tenants play ‘religion’ card

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Q: During an interview with a potential landlord, we were asked some odd questions that, on reflection, seemed designed to find out if we are religious. She asked me where we got married (not just the city, but the site), and how we liked to spend Sundays. We replied honestly -- we got married at a hotel, and spend Sundays on our bikes or hiking -- no mention of attending religious services. Though we have excellent credit and references, we were turned down, and later learned from someone in the building that the owner is practically a religious fanatic. Was this an instance of illegal discrimination? --Marcia S. A: Let's assume for the moment that this landlord was in fact trying to figure out whether you were religious. Under the federal Fair Housing Act (and similar laws of many states), landlords may not "… make … any … statement … with respect to the … rental of a dwelling that indicates any preference, limitation, or discrimination based on … religi...