Long Island newlyweds forced to live apart offered apartment

May 21, 2013 3:56:40 AM PDT
A newlywed mentally disabled couple forced to live in separate Long Island group homes may soon be able to move in together.

According to court papers, Paul Forziano and Hava Samuels have been offered an apartment in a group home for the mentally disabled in Riverhead, on Long Island.

Forziano's mother, Roseann Forziano, told Newsday that "seeing the apartment was a thrill for them."

The apartment is attached to a group home housing eight others with similar disabilities.

If all goes well, they could move in by July 1. They were married in April and currently live three miles apart.

They weren't allowed to share a bedroom by the state-sanctioned nonprofits that run the group homes. They challenged that practice in a federal civil rights lawsuit.

The nonprofits weren't immediately available for comment.

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