A Jackson, Florida lesbian couple raising two daughters were told by a children's museum that they qualify as friends, not family.

Karen Lee-Duffell told First Coast News that after 3 years she was told she would have to pay $10 extra this year to include her partner as a friend in her Hands on Children's Museum family membership plan.

“It really just feels like a punch in the gut when you go somewhere and it's kind of thrown in your face, we don't want to treat you equally and we're not going to make any effort to do that,” Lee-Duffell said.

“She says 'oh wait no, you're going to have to pay an extra ten dollars to add this other mom, you can't have two moms' and she points up at the sign, a family membership consists of one mom and one dad,” she added.

The museum defended its policy in a statement.

“The Hands on Children's Museum Family memberships are very specific. … To keep our rates as reasonable as possible, we do not allow any substitutions; whether they are friend, aunt, uncle, grandma, grandpa or any other person. She was offered a Family Membership and to add an extra person. She refused to add an extra person to a Family Membership. … If, in the past the extra person had been added there would have not be [sic] any confusions [sic].”

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