Michelle Gladfelter of West Manchester, Pennsylvania, applied for membership at the Green Valley Swimming Pool & Sports Club so she might take her family on those hot summer days and splash around in the pool. It didn't hurt, either, that Green Valley offered a discount to families.
Just not her family.
See, Michelle is a woman with a woman for a partner, and they are parents to a 5-year-old daughter. You know, so they aren't really a family, I mean, two women? Family?
When Michelle applied for the membership, she received a call from
Green Valley Swimming Pool & Sports Club owner Russ Jacobs who told her that she and her family would most certainly be welcome at the facility, but she doesn't get the discount based on that whole two-women-aren't-a-family bull shiz.
Russ Jacobs said, in an interview when the story broke: "We don't recognize same-sex marriages."
Well then, fuck you Russ, and fuck the Green Valley Swimming Pool & Sports Club, too.
Of course, then he backtracked, you know, because that's what bigots do when they started saying all kinds of bigoted bull, you know, He said the reason wasn't political, at all; it's simply economics. He isn't denying Michelle Gladfelter and her family--or any other family from joining the pool--but, Jacobs says, if he gives the discount to Gladfelter, he'd have to extend it to grandparents, cousins, two sisters.
Um, Russ, the discount is for families. Cousins are family. Grandparents are family. So, your bull shiz argument doesn't fly.
And then he goes on to show more of his intolerance by saying that a heterosexual couple, regardless of whether they're married, would be granted the discount. So, if it';s a man and a woman, they get a discount; but if it's two women or two men, they don't count?
Yeah, you're a bigot Russ Jacobs.
But it's legal.
See, there are no federal or state laws that prevent a business from denying someone a discount because of their sexual orientation. Now there are some places, take York, PA, for example, where there are laws in effect to prevent a business from deciding who would receive a discount. York, for example, has an anti-discrimination law that bars businesses from choosing who gets a discount and who doesn't based on their sexual orientation.
If the Green Valley Swimming Pool & Sports Club were in York, then Jacobs wouldn't be allowed to be a bigot.
Now, at least the Wisehaven Swimming Pool in Windsor Township there is also a family discount. Pool manager Kelly Templeton says, that although it refers to the discount as "husband and wife," same-sex couples are eligible and several couples take advantage. The only requirement for the discount is co-habitation.
I might suggest that Michelle Gladfelter, and her family, and all other families in West Manchester Township who don't practice hate, take their memberships down the road to Wisehaven Pool & Sports Club.
Show Russ Jacobs that it's just about economics.