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Banking Industry’s Strict New Lending Requirements: Lesbians Are Better Off Splitting Up Than Buying a Home

Sara Evaldsson and Maria Engström were tired of living a half hour away from each other and decided to move in together in Maria’s Swedish hometown of Västerås. So they went to Swedbank to apply for a loan of 490,000 kronor (or USD$67,500). The loan officer instead told them to “reconsider your personal situation and continue to live in different places.”

The pair, who The Local says “both had permanent jobs, good credit ratings and had secured a good price for a 2-bedroom apartment,” reported the incident to Sweden’s Discrimination Ombudsman.

Later in the day, they went to rival bank Nordea. Their loan was approved.