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July 31, 2009


"All Rev. Robert Franke wanted to do was live in an assisted living facility (ALF) close to his daughter, Sara Franke Bowling, and his grandchildren in Little Rock, Ark. Franke is a 75-year-old retired biology and religion professor, university dean, and Unitarian-Universalist minister who happens to be gay. Happily, he found an ALF not too far away, in North Little Rock. He applied for admission and supplied the ALF with all the necessary paperwork, including medical forms filled out by a local physician, and moved in. The next day, he was evicted.

"...The reason for the eviction? Franke is positive for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and management decided he was a threat to the other residents and staff, says Scott Schoettes, an attorney with Lambda Legal, based in New York City.

"...Franke’s son called Lambda Legal, a national legal organization that is well-known for bringing the law to bear on issues that involve discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and those with HIV."

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