Gym Sued, Will Allow Gay Parents To Join

Roanoke fitness club changes its membership policies

Thursday, Jul 5, 2012  |  Updated 4:13 PM EDT
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A Roanoke, Va., fitness club has changed its membership policies after a gay man sued after it sold him a family membership, then revoked it after realizing that his family consisted of two fathers and a son.

Carilion Clinic, the parent company of Roanoke Athletic Club, said Thursday on its Facebook page that it will offer household memberships to cohabiting couples and their dependent children under age 22 who live with them.

William Trinkle sued the club and Carilion last week, alleging breach of contract and violation of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act. He said he, his same-sex partner and their son were barred from using the facilities because they didn't meet club officials' definition of a family.

Trinkle's lawyer said his client is pleased with the change.

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