Roommate.com operated a website designed to match people renting out spare rooms with those looking for a place to live. Before subscribers could search listings or post housing opportunities on Roommateâ€™s website, they had to create profiles, a process that required them to answer a series of questions that included the subscriberâ€™s sex, sexual orientation, and whether he would bring children to a household. The site also encouraged subscribers to provide â€œAdditional Comments,â€ describing themselves and their desired roommates in an open-ended essay. Here are some typical ads:
â€¢ â€œI am not looking for Muslimsâ€
â€¢ â€œNot acceptable: freaks, geeks, prostitutes (male or female), druggies, pet cobras, drama queens, or mortgage brokersâ€
â€¢ â€œMust be a black gay male!â€
â€¢ â€œWe are 3 Christian females who Love our Lord Jesus Christ.â€¦ We have weekly bible studies and bi-weekly times of fellowshipâ€ Many of the ads violated the Fair Housing Act. Is roommates.com liable?