Gay couple denied family gym discount

Gay couple denied family gym discount
NAMPA - A same-sex couple in Nampa is up in arms over a recreation center's decision to deny them a family discount.

"They would not give us a family membership, because we could not provide a marriage license from the state of Idaho," said Rachel Dovel from her apartment in Nampa.

Dovel says she and her partner Amber Howard have been living together for two years. The couple is raising Amber's four-year-old son, Logan.

"We're not married, but we are a family," Dovel said. "Family isn't a piece of paper, family is love and togetherness that we have."

The director of the Nampa Recreation Center could not comment on the story and directed comments to city spokeswoman Sharla Arledge. Arledge says she consulted with Nampa Mayor Tom Dale, and decided to issue a written statement which reads in part:

"The family pass is not available to any couples living together outside of marriage," the statement said. "Those not eligible for a family pass are welcome to purchase individual passes."

Dovel says the couple would have to pay an extra $400 without the family discount. They ended up signing up for a membership at the YMCA in Caldwell where they did receive a family discount.

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