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06/11/2009

We refuse to use 'in hot water' anywhere in this post

by Jeremy Hooper

Picture 19-55Pee in the pool? Hey, it's gonna happen. It just is. Especially with kids. People urinate. Where you swim. Face it. They just do.

LGBT in the pool? Well for one Idaho water park, it's not gonna happen under the banner of "family":

Lava Hot Springs, the popular tourist attraction, is where the lesbian couple with their three foster kids were denied the advertised family price because they don't fit the definition of a family, under Idaho Law.

The Lava Foundation's Executive Director, Mark Lowe, said the state doesn't recognize gay or lesbian marriage and defines a family as one male, one female and children.

Lava Hot Springs In Hot Water For Not Giving Same Sex Couple A Family Pass [Local News 8]

In order to get around those pesky lesbians and their demand for respect (the nerve of them!), the water park is reportedly mulling over ridding themselves of the family passes altogether. Which is just great, as the "sanctity of water slides" is one thing for which LGBT people have yet to be accused of ruining.

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As a resident of Idaho, I can tell you this has caused quite the stir. A few months back another lesbian couple with a kid, was denied a "family" rate at the Nampa Rec Center, same reason they were legally a "family". The funniest thing though, "family" is never defined in Idaho code. I can't wait til the ACLU or Lambda Legal sues over this, I want to see some pathetic lawyer squirm and attempt to defend this.

Posted by: ZGonzales | Jun 11, 2009 2:41:36 PM

As another resident of Idaho, I sincerely hope this sheds some incredibly harsh light on the backwardness of Idaho's laws and lack of tolerance. Boise city being the exception with rather decent non-discrimination policies.
Change needs to come to Idaho and I feel bad that this family had to suffer under the bigotry here.

Posted by: Jenny | Jun 11, 2009 8:56:41 PM

Do you think that a single mother (or just one of the women in question) approaching the ticket booth with three foster kids would be able to get the family rate with little-to-no problem? I sure do. It's usually only when you add the same-gender partner that people turn into flaming a-holes.

Posted by: unclemike | Jun 11, 2009 9:52:06 PM

The Lava Hot Springs Foundation recently revised their policy on family discounts here:

http://www.lavahotsprings.com/documents/family_discount_pass_policy.pdf

Posted by: Sean | Jun 12, 2009 12:45:18 PM

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