One gym in Virginia is putting its big, straight foot down, and letting two gay dads know that their illegal behavior won’t be tolerated. Qweerty reports that the Roanoke Athletic Club denied the family package that Will Trinkle and Juan Granados applied for – after initially accepting it.
Trinkle, Granados and their 2 year old son, Oliver intended to use the gym like any other family, but soon after their application was accepted, the Trinkle-Granados family (yeah, that’s right, family) received a letter in the mail letting them know that the prior acceptance was “by mistake.” Ya know, because since Virginia doesn’t recognize gay marriage or same-sex civil union, the Trinkle-Granados family isn’t considered…well…a family.
Here. We go. Again.
According to The Roanoke Times, “Virginia does not recognize civil unions between members of the same sex or same-sex marriage, but private institutions are not necessarily bound to follow the same definitions as those that are public.” The plot thickens!
The Roanoke Athletic Club is owned by Carilion Clinic – who just so happens to have a Patient Rights page up on their website. Why, let’s have a look-see:
You have the right to receive treatment in a safe, abuse-free environment without discrimination as to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or source of payment.
We at 8BitDad just hate it when corporate policy gets in the way of bigotry.
Will Trinkle feels the same way, so he’s suing the Roanoke Athletic Club and Carilion Clinic. And quoth The Roanoke Times, “Trinkle said he’d been told by an unnamed Carilion representative ‘they were ‘tightening policies’ so no families like us would ever ‘get as far’ as we had.’” We hope you said all that with air-quotes intact.
Trinkle’s asking for reinstatement of his originally-accepted family membership, or court-determined remuneration of monetary damages.
In other Trinkle-Granados family gym news, they’ve been using the local YMCA without issue for the last two years.
8BitDad is an advocate for all fathers – gay and straight, and we believe that as long as the home is a loving one, it’s good enough for us. If you’re so inclined, you can sign the Change.org petition created for this case.