Published: Jul 19, 2011 6:23 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 19, 2011 5:23 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A gay advocacy group is suing to block a New Hampshire town from shutting down a group home for people with HIV and Hepatitis C.

Boston-based Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders sued Gilsum on behalf of AIDS Services for the Monadnock Region to stop the town from taking Cleve Jones Wellness House for not paying property taxes.

GLAD attorney Ben Klein said Tuesday the group home is tax exempt and shouldn't have to pay the taxes.

He said the home failed to file its application for the exemption and that the town refused to approve a late application, though it routinely grants exemptions to nonprofits that file late.

The town's lawyer, Gary Kinyon, couldn't be reached Tuesday. He did not immediately respond to a voicemail message.

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