The Tyler YMCA quickly changed it membership policies after receiving a complaint from a lesbian couple that was refused a family membership. In January, the Tyler couple applied for family membership and their application was rejected because they did not fit the gym’s definition of family.
The couple created a Change.org petition that attracted more than 8,000 signatures.
In her petition, Suzy Sheridan said she and her partner have been together more than 20 years, but were told they’d need to show a marriage license before getting a family membership. She said 10 years earlier her family had a family membership when their son was on the swim team.