American Family Fitness Changes Policy To Include Same-Sex Families
American Family Fitness has implemented a policy change that will allow same-sex couples to share a contract through household memberships.
According to an internal source, the change took place on Dec. 26 and employees had been urging the company for a while to make the move. Now family memberships can consist of two adults in the same household with or without children. A proof of residence like a driver’s license will be requested.
Equality Virginia executive director James Parrish said his office had fielded complaints for years regarding the fitness center’s lack of an inclusive policy and had forwarded several letters to the company.
“Equality Virginia appreciates the change of policy. It’s nice to see that corporate America finds the value in recognizing our families – despite not having a constitutional amendment recognizing same-sex families in Virginia,” Parrish said.
American Family Fitness employees over 1,000 and has over 110,000 members in its nine locations across Richmond and Central Virginia.
Updated 1/14/2012: American Family Fitness president Brian Evans sent GayRVA an e-mail requesting clarification for the update in policy.
…I appreciate your efforts to heighten the awareness in the change of our membership structure through your site and realize your intentions are all good. However, I’m not sure where you source of information is coming from and what you are basing your conclusions off of so I have set the record straight below. Also the employees “urging the company is not even close to an accurate statement so I’m not sure where that evolved from.
The change was not made for any purpose related to same sex couples. It was made so 2 adults who share the same household, whoever they may be, can now take advantage of being on the same membership together, that is it. So as you can see it can benefit a lot of folks who may share a residence. And yes, A valid driver’s license as proof of residence on both adults must be presented…
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