Lesbian Couple Encounters Discrimination at Oregon Catfish Derby
Note: above photo for illustration purposes only, via Daily Mail.
A lesbian couple attending a catfish derby in Huntington Oregon says the local Lions Club violated anti-discrimination laws when it wouldn't charge them a couples discount, Lambda Legal reports:
"On May 22, Angela and Tina Corriere-Gooch attended [the] derby with their family. As the group approached the registration area that evening, a club representative explained that the event pricing included a discount for couples and added, 'but none of this boy-boy, girl-girl couples crap.' When another man in the room suggested that Angela and Tina should be given the discount if they could document their relationship status, the club representative stated that this is how the club has "always done it," and that the club had no intention of changing its policy. Adding insult to injury, the Corriere-Gooches’ young nieces and their boyfriends were given the "couples" discount, while Angela and Tina both were charged the full admission price. 'It’s insulting and degrading that the club treated us like strangers, instead of recognizing our committed relationship,' said Tina Corriere-Gooch."
According to the Baker City Herald, "Mike Raney of Huntington, a Lions Club member and chairman of the catfish derby, said his decision to deny the $1 couples discount to the Corriere-Gooches had nothing to do with their sexual orientation. 'I wasn’t making any statement against lesbians, I’ll tell you that right now,' Raney said Friday morning. 'I have nothing against them at all. I was just trying to run a catfish derby.' Raney said he refused to give the couple the discount because he figured that if he did so he would have to extend the same offer to other pairs of anglers of the same gender, regardless of their sexual orientation. Raney said he will write an apology letter to the Corriere-Gooches. "