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"Family" defined at state Supreme Court

1 year ago May 08, 2014 May 8, 2014 Thursday, May 08 2014 Thursday, May 08, 2014 5:05:56 PM EDT in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE- A ruling by the State Supreme Court bolstered the city's definition of a family.

The Supreme Court decided that an ordinance that bans homeowners from renting property in single family neighborhoods to more than two unrelated people was constitutional.

"I along with many other people, were tired of the rules of A-1 subdivisions being broken and commercial parking lots, like what was put in on Cherrydale, with seven cars in the front yard every day and night," said Paul Naquin, who complained about a home on Cherrydale that house four unrelated men.

The Supreme Court, however, ruled that because the men were not sued by the city, the scope of the case was too narrow to consider other factors.

"I'm very pleased to see the court considering, the potential severe problems there are in the definition," said Grant Guillot, the lawyer who argued the case to the courts.

Guillot thinks if an alternative family was sued the ruling could change.

"If a landlord were to attempt to rent to two unmarried individuals, who, either one of which had a foster child, I think a situation like that would be problematic," said Guillot.

The case could possibly move on to the US Supreme Court.

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