Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Big Splash Against Gay Family

"I Don't See A Family," No Family Rate For You.

Gay couple, kids denied family rate at pool

In yet another travesty of injustice towards our community, a family from Pocatello, Idaho was denied the family rate plan because they did not "fit the definition of a family in Idaho" according to the homophobic director, Mark Lowe of the Lava Hot Springs Association.

He went on to say, "The state does not recognize gay or lesbian marriages and defines a family as 1 male and 1 female and children."

The ironic part is that the family decided to accept his definition of a "family" and pay the rate for individual children!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I mean, this couple feeds, clothes, loves and tucks them into bed at night but still they are not a family?

After checking their "family" policy as of June 1oth, here is what I found:

Intent: The family discount is intended to help families afford the day out at a swimming pool or hot pool facility that they may not otherwise be able to afford. It is also intended to increase attendance at the facilities midweek when business is typically slower. Therefore, the discount is available Monday-Thursday except major holidays – New Years Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day.

Eligibility: In order to be as consistent as possible, families that are eligible for the discount are considered to be parents and children. The children must be dependant children of the parent, or parents, present at the time of entry, and under the age of 18.

For the purpose of this discount, parent is defined as the person who has long-term legal responsibility for the dependant children.

Discussion: The children need not be biological offspring of the legally responsible adult(s). Adopted children and foster children are considered part of the family so long as the stipulations listed above are met. Parents are defined as those adults who are either legally obligated to the care of the dependant children or are married to the adult who is the parent of the dependant children. Single parents and their children are eligible for the discount.

Adults who are raising their siblings are eligible for the discount.

Make your voice heard and send a message to Mr "family man" Mark Lowe and tell him "Love Makes A Family," not the state or the Lava Hot Springs Pool Association!

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