Lesbian parents refused discounted 'family' tickets at theme park

Ruth Doherty
Lesbian parents refused discounted 'family' tickets at theme park
Lesbian parents refused discounted 'family' tickets at theme park

Inside the Minimundus world in Austria: Rex

A lesbian couple with two children were refused a discounted ticket to a theme park in Austria because they were not a 'traditional' family.

The Minimundus miniature world in Klagenfurt refused to sell the two women a family ticket despite the couple showing staff proof that they were cohabiting partners, according to the Gay Star News.

The two women had to buy two adult tickets and two children's tickets after staff said the were not allowed the reduced entry fee for tax reasons.

The Minimundus boss Hannes Guggenberger said it was clear on the theme park's website that the family ticket was for one mother, one father and two children.

Although he admitted visitors were rarely checked to ensure they were one family unit, he said it was "obvious" the lesbian couple did not meet the criteria.

Guggenberger apologised to the couple but blamed the country's tax laws, telling the Austrian Times: "We don't want to discriminate against anybody, but it's out of our hands."

Markus Einicher, spokesman of the Green Party affiliated organisation Andersrum Kärnten, which represents LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender) groups in Corinthia, described the case as "outrageous".

He told the paper: "These women were publicly humiliated and forced to explain to their children why they weren't classed as a family."

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