Archive for January, 2015

Racist Covenant Clauses From 1950s Get Press

January 20, 2015

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Last night in honor of Martin Luther King Day, local Boise Channel 6 news ran a story about overtly racist 1950s CC&R provisions in an old Boise subdivision.  However, the story did not provide details about the covenants, but instead quickly pivoted to coverage about the ongoing “Add the Words” campaign.  This is a lobbying campaign to add equal rights protection for sexual orientation to Idaho state law.  So far, these protections are found in Boise City Code and the codes of a few other cities, but not in Idaho’s human rights law. The courts recently legalized gay marriage in Idaho, but in order to get a law like this passed, you still need a certain amount of public interest.

It seems to me that there must not be any recent or interesting stories of discrimination in Idaho based on sexual orientation, if the “Add the Words” coverage has to dig into old CC&Rs covenants to get a news story to tie to the legislative efforts.  If there were even one recent or ongoing story about discrimination based on sexual orientation, the campaign and supportive media would be using it to drive interest in passing the new law.  Or perhaps Channel 6 was just looking for something relevant to say about MLK Day?  That doesn’t happen, does it?

Meanwhile, the lack of news about recent discrimination in HOAs is a hopeful sign that current HOA boards in Idaho are already using common sense in reading their CC&Rs to avoid discriminating against anyone, whether Idaho law explicitly requires it yet or not.  Hopefully that will continue.

Florida Tardis Scuffle

January 7, 2015

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Apparently, the CC&Rs explicitly prohibit any improvements that are larger on the inside than on the outside…

http://www.baynews9.com/content/news/baynews9/news/article.html/content/news/articles/bn9/2015/1/4/parrish_tardis_time.html

http://www.themarysue.com/florida-homeowners-association-tardis/

http://www.wtxl.com/news/florida_news/florida-couple-told-to-remove-tardis-from-driveway/article_dc0ec42a-95c3-11e4-922b-0bfcb7ac4f6b.html