Editor’s note: Read our update — “Anti-Gay Kids Museum Responds To Discrimination Charges — By Raising Prices”
A Florida museum told a family headed by two mothers that they’re not a real family and is charging them more than a household headed by an opposite-sex couple. The Hands on Children’s Museum in Jacksonville, after three years, noticed that when Karen Lee-Duffell tried to renew her family’s membership, she had a female partner, and demanded they pay more.
“The Museum Director said in a statement,” First Coast News reports, “that the memberships are very specific and do not allow substitutions.”
“Just like if they were telling me that we weren’t really a family that they obviously thought that we weren’t a family and that it did not matter to them that we were being treated unfairly,” said Lee-Duffell.
The business is within its legal right to create membership plans how it see fit and since Florida does not recognize same-sex marriages, legally the business does not have to.
“It really just feels like a punch in the gut when you go somewhere and it’s kind of thrown in your face, we don’t want to treat you equally and we’re not going to make any effort to do that,” said Karen Lee-Duffell.
“She says ‘oh wait no, you’re going to have pay an extra ten dollars to add this other mom, you can’t have two moms’ and she points up at the sign, a family membership consists of one mom and one dad,” said Lee-Duffell.
“I’m not out to destroy anybody. What I would like to see happen is for them to change their policy and make it be equal,” said Lee-Duffelll. “It’s not like I couldn’t afford the extra ten dollars, but it’s the principle of the thing.”
There is a “Boycott The Hands On Children’s Museum Jacksonville” Facebook page, which has over 800 “likes” in just a few days, and a Change.org petition.
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