Thursday, July 5, 2012

Gay Couple and Toddler Son Turned Away From Virginia Pool

From the Advocate

In preparation for the hot Virginia summer, Will Trinkle signed his partner and 2-year-old son for a family membership to a Roanoke gym with a pool. The Roanoke Athletic Club approved membership for Tinkle, his partner Juan Granados, and their son Oliver.

However once club administrators discovered that Trinkle and Granados were a gay couple, their membership was rescinded nine days after being approved. They said the application was processed by mistake since same-sex couples are not recognized by the state of Virginia, and that the club was tightening its policies, so that gay families would ever "get as far" as they had.

"We were really surprised. It's like someone punched us in the stomach," Trinkle said according to "We couldn't imagine this kind of discrimination."

The family is now suing the club and its affiliate Carillion Clinic for breach of contract and violation of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act, according to the Associated Press.

The petition also calls on Carillon Clinic to extend full family benefits to all married and unmarried same-sex couples.

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