Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Germantown Athletic Club Changes Policy to Allow Same Sex Family Memberships

Posted By on Tue, Jan 29, 2013 at 12:42 PM

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Gay couples (and unmarried straight couples) who share a residence may now join the Germantown Athletic Club with a family membership.

The city-run gym previously defined "family" as a "husband, wife, and the children for whom they have legal custody." But after a gay couple and their children were denied a membership this past weekend, they complained to the club's membership sales advisor. On Monday, the city of Germantown decided to update their family policy.

The new policy allows for household memberships, stating: "...household membership which includes 2 adults living under the same roof, and the children in the household that one or both of those adults are legally responsible for. Couples membership will now become a joint membership for 2 people living in the same house that would like to join their facility."

On Tuesday morning, the Germantown Athletic Club posted its new membership form, with the amended language, on its website.

The Tennessee Equality Project praised the city of Germantown for embracing the need for change and the couple who brought the matter to the city's attention for speaking up: "Raising your voice in the face of discrimination can bring positive change. The Germantown Athletic Club deserves praise for demonstrating a commitment to diversity, inclusion, equality and fairness."

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