The "Hands On" Children’s Museum in Jacksonville, Fla., is claiming discrimination because of public outrage at the museum for charging a gay couple an extra $10 for a family membership.
Earlier this month, the museum claimed its regular family membership rates only applied to families with “a mom and a dad,” noted FirstCoastNews.com.
The museum reportedly tried to charge Karen Lee-Duffell the $49.50 membership fee, plus $10 for one extra person (because her family has two moms), so the total would cost $59.50.
Instead of dropping the price for gay couples to the same price as male-female couples, the museum jacked the price up for everyone. All two-parent families with children have to pay $59.50, reported TheNewCivilRightsMovement.com.
Now, the museum is complaining about the negative backlash and issued a statement that claims that it “has never discriminated against anyone” and wants an apology.
The museum's statement posted on News4Jax.com reads, in part:
The Jacksonville “Hands On” Children’s Museum has never discriminated against anyone. But, in fact, the “Hands On” Children’s Museum , it’s employees, the board members, the donators and sponsors, the director, the directors family and her husbands church are being discriminated against, attacked and threatened. The director was yelled at and screamed at and feels the "Hands On" Children’s Museum deserves an apology for how the museum is being treated. This is a children’s museum.
In their statement, the museum also complained about boycotts, negative statements on social media, phone calls, a planned protest and some alleged threats. However, the museum did not prove that it was being "discriminated against."