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Anti-Gay Kids’ Museum Responds To Discrimination Charges — By Raising Prices

by David Badash on June 11, 2013

in Discrimination,News

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The Jacksonville, Florida Hands on Children’s Museum came under scrutiny on Friday after a lesbian mother was told she and her partner would have to pay extra to renew their three-year old family membership because they weren’t a real family. Karen Lee-Duffell said it felt “like a punch in the gut.”

The museum director wouldn’t respond to Karen Lee-Duffell, but told a local Jacksonville TV station that “memberships are very specific and do not allow substitutions.”

Now, after pressure via a Change.org petition, a Facebook page, news reports from The New Civil Rights Movement, then Think Progress, and finally, the Huffington Post, the museum late last night quietly responded to media criticism — by raising their prices.

Last week, an annual family membership cost $49.50, for “Mom, Dad, & Children under 18.” Of course, that should have read, “Two parents and children under 18.”

The museum tried to charge Karen Lee-Duffell the $49.50 plus $10 for one extra person — because her family has two moms, so a membership for her family would cost $59.50.

Now, as you can see from the museum’s new pricing, all two-parent families with children will have to pay $59.50.

Old price structure on the left, new price structure on the right:

Hands on Children’s Museum

It’s kind of the Hands on Children’s Museum’s way of saying, “OK, you win, but now everyone will have to pay for it.”

Equality. At a price.

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cheesetoast June 11, 2013 at 10:01 am

IKR!?!? It's like a "discrimination surcharge". Some good commentary going on over at Boycott The Hands On Children's Museum Jacksonville on Facebook. We're just regular folks from all walks of life who have banded together to help raise awareness and help make a change. https://www.facebook.com/BoycottTheHandsOnChildre

And don't forget to sign the petition: https://www.change.org/petitions/hands-on-childre

Thank you guys SO MUCH for your support!

bgryphon June 11, 2013 at 10:31 am

Glad to see them admit that one parent is all children need to be "a family".

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