- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) - State regulators have filed a housing discrimination lawsuit on behalf of a gay couple, alleging a Medford senior living community denied the pair residency because of sexual orientation.

The complaint was filed Wednesday by Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian. It says the homeowners association board of the Medford Apartments Inc. - also known as Hawthorne Garden Apartments - rejected the couple in August 2012.

The reason given for the rejection: one of the men did not meet the residency age requirement of 55 years old. But when the other partner, who did qualify, applied alone, he also was rejected.

The suit seeks damages of $25,000 for emotional suffering, $20,795 for economic losses and up to $22,000 in civil penalties.

Hawthorne Garden Apartments officials did not immediately return a call for comment.

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