William Trinkle and Juan Granados. Credit: WSET-TV.
The Roanoke Athletic Club has changed their policy allowing household memberships after pending legal action from a gay family that was asked to leave the club.
Carilion Clinic, the parent company that operates the RAC, sold a family membership to a gay man, then revoked it after realizing the family consisted of two fathers and a son. According to William Trinkle and Juan Granados, they did not know their membership would be a problem until after they showed up with their two-year-old son to go swimming.
A representative from the club called Trinkle telling him his application had been processed by mistake. He is now suing Carilion with alleged breach of contract citing violation of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act. Since the couple announced they would be pursuing legal action against the organization, a petition on Change.org began circulating garnering over 189,000 signatures.
In a statement at a press conference in Roanoke, Trinkle told reporters: “Actually it was like someone punched us in the stomach. It’s from a place we couldn’t imagine that there would be this kind of discrimination and this kind of attack. We have come a long way but this shows we still have a long way to go.”
According to AP reports, Trinkle’s lawyer said his client is pleased with the change.
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