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Bro Roommates Ad Not a Violation of Housing Law

Legal.

Yesterday's "renaissance bro" ad on Craigslist delighted and shocked the local Internet, even earning the pair a date offer. But it got me wondering: did the bros' insistence that women not apply ("I like to bed you, but not live with you") qualify as housing discrimination by gender?

The issue of Craigslist ads as gender discrimination has come up at City Paper in the past. In 2010, Amanda Hess nailed a previous ad for a Mount Pleasant "Temple to Broseidon" for gender discrimination, among other transgressions.

D.C. law prohibits posting ads for housing that discriminate on gender. But according to Elliot Imse, a spokesman for the Office of Human Rights, the renaissance bro ad is, while sleazy, not illegal. "The prohibitions against 'differentiating' applicants based on gender does not apply when you are sharing a living space, such as a kitchen or bathroom," he writes in an email.

So party on, bro pack. You're on the right side of the law, if not good taste.

Bro picture by Shutterstock.

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