The City Council of Black Jack, MO, has rejected 5-3 a measure to change a current law prohibiting 3 people from living together unless related by "blood, marriage, or adoption" to one including unmarried couples having two or more children.
Mayor Norman McCourt said in a statement that residents like Fondrey Loving and Olivia Shelltrack may soon face eviction - they do not meet the town's definition of a family. They were denied an occupancy permit because they are not married and have 3 kids.
"I'm just shocked...I really thought this would all be over, and we could go on with our lives," said Shelltrack. Mayor McCourt declined an interview and Black Jack's special counsel would not say if such families will be removed from their homes.