In Ocean State, yacht club's men-only policy rankles many

BY foxsports • June 22, 2016

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) Taylor Swift has a home in the seaside community of Westerly, Rhode Island. But she wouldn't be able to join the Westerly Yacht Club, even if she wanted to.

Membership is reserved for men. Women are allowed to be non-voting associate members, and then only if they are married to a member.

A vote to change the policy failed to reach a two-thirds majority last week.

One member who voted ''no'' says many women like things the way they are because they don't have to pay the $600 annual dues. Others say it's ridiculous in a year when Hillary Clinton is making a historic run for president that they can't join.

The club says it's legal, but a civil rights lawyer says the policy may run afoul of antidiscrimination laws.


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