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Newlyweds forced to live apart on Long Island
LONG ISLAND (WABC) -- Their love story could be anyone's.
Paul Forziano and Hava Samuels met seven years ago in a program.
They fell in love and exactly one month ago they got married celebrating their love in front of nearly 200 people.
But now there's sadness.
Unlike most newlyweds the couple isn't allowed to live together.
Paul's facility Independent Group Home Living Program in Manorville won't allow it.
Neither will Maryhaven Center of Hope where *Hava is a resident.
"We are not happy we're not living together," said Paul.
The exact reason why the homes won't permit the two to cohabitate is unclear.
Although they have said it's because they can't accommodate the couple.
Federal law mandates that group homes make *reasonable modifications to their practices in order to accommodate disabled people.
State office for people with developmental disabilities wouldn't comment on litigation.
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