MASON, Mich. (AP) — A veteran’s front-yard sign advertising the sale of his home violates state and federal anti-discrimination laws because it indicates the owner won’t sell to foreigners, according to Michigan Department of Civil Rights officials.
The sign in front of James Prater’s home in Mason says “Terms No foreigners Iraq vet” next to “For Sale by Owner,” a column in the Lansing State Journal said .
Department spokeswoman Vicki Levengood said the sign violates the federal Fair Housing Act that prohibits “any notice, statement or advertisement” in real estate transactions that discriminates based on national origin. Levengood said the sign also violates Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, which provides similar protections.
Prater said he’s had his house for sale for about a month with no price tag, but that he has had no offers. He’s had several calls, but suspects those people are insincere about buying the property and just want to harass him.
“I’m going to put it bluntly,” he said. “If somebody wants to make an offer, I want to see if they have cash in their bank account.”
He insisted he’s done nothing…
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