World Vision Reverses Course on Employment Policies
March 27, 2014 by Maureen McCarty, HRC Associate Director of Digital Media
World Vision USA, one of the largest charitable organizations in the country, has reversed an earlier decision to employ married gay and lesbian couples.
Just three days ago, World Visions announced it would accept gay and lesbian Christians as employees, in an effort to respect the diversity of religious viewpoints on marriage. However, after receiving backlash from the radical right, World Visions buckled and will instead act against the majority of fair-minded Christians that support the LGBT community.
HRC Religion and Faith Program Director Dr. Sharon Groves released the following statement in response to the decision:
“At a time when people are losing their lives around the globe simply for being who they are, such a reversal is not just sad but is sends a potentially catastrophic message. The Gospel calls on us to stand with the marginalized wherever they are. Many of the poorest people around the globe who World Vision serves are doubly marginalized because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. At a time when Pope Francis is asking, "Who am I to Judge?" World Vision has decided they can judge with impunity and at great cost to those who need them the most.”
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