In Tennessee, City Changes Health Club Policy After Gay Couple Applied

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January 29, 2013

A Mid-South health club gets a lesson on how to deal with the American Modern Family. A gay couple and their children went to the Germantown Athletic Club on Sunday. They wanted to join under a family membership and save a little money. But the paperwork didn’t allow it. The Family Membership form defined a family as a husband, wife, and children under 18. “The definition did not fit they’re particular circumstance,” Germantown City Administrator Pat Lawton said. So Lawton said the club told the couple they would look into. Monday morning they did. “We tried to benchmark with other clubs in the area to see what they define as family and what we settled on what I think will work excellent in different circumstances and that is the term household,” Lawton said.