Lava Hot Springs Swim Park in Idaho: Gay Families Not Welcome
A lesbian couple and their three children were refused a special family admission rate at a popular water park in Idaho:
"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.' 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...Mark Lowe, executive director for the Lava Hot Springs foundation, said the state doesn't recognize gay or lesbian marriage and defines a family as one male, one female and children...But Monica Hopkins of the American Civil Liberties Union in Boise said state code defines marriage but has no universal definition of a family."