A Missouri couple say they were denied an occupancy permit for their new home because they’re not married.
Olivia Shelltrack and Fondray Loving have been together for 13 years and have three children, ages 8, 10 and 15, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
The couple are appealing the occupancy permit denial from the Black Jack, Mo., board of adjustment, which requires people living together to have blood, marriage or adoption ties. Loving is not the father of Shelltrack’s oldest child.
Let’s see. One has to get permission from the government to be married in order to get another permit to live in town. I thought this case was simply about some archaic code which hadn’t been removed from the books until I read this in:
The couple appealed the denial of an occupancy permit last week at a hearing before Black Jack’s board of adjustment. Shelltrack said board members asked her and Loving personal questions about their relationship, their children and their previous home in Minneapolis, from where they moved, for nearly an hour. Then the board denied the couple’s appeal. The case now goes before Black Jack’s municipal court.
At the hearing, Shelltrack said, one board of adjustment member, Norma Mitchell, even pointed at her and asked, “I don’t understand why you as a woman didn’t exercise your right to marry that man,” before being hushed by another board member.
Mitchell’s quote explains ia lot, but not everything. The picture at Newswatch 50 shows a white man with two white children. The Saint Louis Post-Dispatch shows a white women with two black children. Both articles state there are only three children involved. In addition to the moral busybodies, is there a racial element involved as well?