Indiana woman says she was singled out because she's a lesbian

Michigan waterpark refers to policies

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - A bachelorette party turned into embarrassment for a bride-to-be from Indiana who claims she was singled out because of her sexual orientation at a Michigan water park.

Jill Sweeney, of South Bend, said she was forced to leave Michigan Adventure in Muskegon because she was wearing men's swimming trunks and a tank top instead of a traditional women's bathing suit.

Sweeney, a lesbian, had gone to the park with her partner and friends.

"I had on men's bathing suit trunks, a sports bra -- clean, just put it on when we got there -- with no wires and a tank top," Sweeney said.

Managers at the water park did not consider Sweeney's outfit acceptable.

The park's human resources department referred South Bend TV station ABC 57 to the park's website, which specifies that all guests must wear a swimsuit. 

Street clothes or clothes with metal snaps, buttons, rivets or zippers aren't permitted. Sweeney said she knew the policy and followed it.

"We made sure before we left to check the policy, and it didn't say anything gender specific. You had to have on a swimsuit or something appropriate, nothing with words on it or profanity. No wires, no buttons, nothing metal, and I had none of that on," she said.

Sweeney said she felt singled out because other park goers were dripping wet in street clothes.

"I feel like I was completely singled out," she said. "It was embarrassing. There were people yelling, 'What's going on?'"

Sweeney said she pointed out the discrepancy to management at the park.

"She goes, 'That's the rules. What do you want me to do about it?'" Sweeney said. "As we were talking, there were a couple people who were in street clothes, soaking wet, who had just come off the slide, and I said, 'Look right there. There's a couple of people,' and she said, 'They don't have anything to do with this. It's all about you.'"

The park's manager told ABC 57 that Sweeney could have stayed at the park, but she had to stay out of the water and that the park has strict rules for health reasons, nothing to do with Sweeney's sexual orientation.

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