Management at an Idaho pool takes a stand for traditional families... by discriminating against a non-traditional family.
A same-sex couple and their three foster children were denied a reduced admission price to a pool in eastern Idaho because the Lava Hot Springs State Foundation says the five don't fit the definition of a family.
Amber Koger and Jeri Underwood say they and their three children were recently denied the resort's advertised family admission price to the Olympic Swimming Complex at Lava Hot Springs.
"What made me mad is that their definition leaves out a lot of families," Koger told the Idaho State Journal. "What you're saying is that because we're gay, we're not a family."
The director of the Lava Hot Springs foundation, Mark Lowe, says that he had no choice: the state of Idaho doesn't recognize gay or lesbian marriage and defines a family as one male, one female and children. "We are a state agency bound by all the laws of the state of Idaho," Lowe told the Associated Press. He's got a point. And none of this would even be an issue if someone didn't give these two women three children to look after and create a pseudo "family" that isn't recognized in Idaho. Who gave these two women these kids anyway?
Koger is the aunt of 11-year-old Makayla, 9-year-old Kolton and 5-year-old Ricky. Their parents divorced and Koger and Underwood were awarded custody after the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare became involved.