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A judge ruled Harford County must issue occupancy permits for townhomes marketed as a Muslim community. The developer filed a lawsuit over the issue, alleging the permits were held up because of their religion, and on Friday, a judge agreed.

Ajaz Khan bought a townhome in the 55-and-up community in Joppa. He said he moved from Iowa and was forced to live in a hotel because he can’t move into his new home. The county hasn’t issued an occupancy permit.

It’s the issue at the center of a lawsuit filed by the developer, Gemcraft Homes, against Harford County, alleging the county is purposefully holding up the process because the development has been marketed as a Muslim community.

The article goes on to state the following:

A judge ruled in favor of Gemcraft Homes on a preliminary injunction Friday. Now the county needs to issue occupancy permits for the 14 houses already built and purchased.

The judge found “the project received more scrutiny from the county than other projects as a result of the concern and pressure from some county residents, because the prospective purchases were Muslim.” He went on to say, “At the very least, the evidence demonstrates the county’s decision to withhold the permits was motivated, at least, in part, by discriminatory intent.”

The judge cited testimony given in the hearing, finding: “State delegates and some county residents applied direct and indirect pressure on county officials. The county defendants testified they were receiving significant pressure via email and phone calls from county residents to stop or halt the development immediately.” The judge called many of the residents’ complaints inflammatory, Islamophobic and violent hate speech.

The following news broadcast in September 2017 was when the matter was still being debated.

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