[Hpn] Salvation Army Uses Homeless To Fight Gay Benefits

William Charles Tinker wtinker@metrocast.net
Mon, 24 May 2004 05:40:00 -0400


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SOURCE: http://www.365gay.com/newscon04/05/052404salArm.htm

Salvation Army Uses Homeless To Fight Gay Benefits
by Doug Windsor
365Gay.com Newscenter
New York Bureau


      Posted: May 24, 2004 =20

(New York City)  The Salvation Army is threatening to close soup =
kitchens for tens of thousands of New York's homeless and walk away from =
other projects if the city enacts legislation requiring firms that do =
business with New York to offer health benefits to the partners of gay =
staffers.=20

The evangelical faith is prepared to give up the $70 million a year in =
city funding it receives and pull out of New York entirely the New York =
Post reports.

With soup kitchens, shelters, foster care programs, and HIV services the =
Salvation Army is one of the largest private aid groups in New York =
serving some 5 million people annually.

The Salvation Army has several multiyear contracts with the city =
totaling $250 million. Six city contracts worth $12.8 million are to =
expire June 30, by which time the bill may be law.

New York City council overwhelmingly approved the legislation earlier =
this month, and it is sitting on the desk of mayor Michael Bloomberg. =
(story) Bloomberg is opposed to the bill, even though his own company =
offers partner benefits.  Even if they mayor vetoes the legislation, the =
support in council is considered sufficient to override it.

Quoting "Salvation Army insiders" the Post said the organization will =
refuse to comply with the proposed law because it goes against one of =
the organization's core beliefs - that same-sex marriage is immoral.

"The Army will not change its policy," said one official, who declined =
to be named.=20

"You cannot change theological views. Those are so deeply embedded, they =
form the root of the faith itself."

 
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<P><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>(New York City)&nbsp; The Salvation Army =
is=20
threatening to close soup kitchens for tens of thousands of New York's =
homeless=20
and walk away from other projects if the city enacts legislation =
requiring firms=20
that do business with New York to offer health benefits to the partners =
of gay=20
staffers.&nbsp;</FONT></P>
<P><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>The evangelical faith is prepared to give =
up the $70=20
million a year in city funding it receives and pull out of New York =
entirely the=20
New York Post reports.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>With soup kitchens, shelters, foster care =
programs,=20
and HIV services the Salvation Army is one of the largest private aid =
groups in=20
New York serving some 5 million people annually.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>The Salvation Army has several multiyear =
contracts=20
with the city totaling $250 million. Six city contracts worth $12.8 =
million are=20
to expire June 30, by which time the bill may be law.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>New York City council overwhelmingly =
approved the=20
legislation earlier this month, and it is sitting on the desk of mayor =
Michael=20
Bloomberg. (<A=20
href=3D"http://www.365gay.com/newscon04/05/050504nyBens.htm">story</A>) =
Bloomberg=20
is opposed to the bill, even though his own company offers partner=20
benefits.&nbsp; Even if they mayor vetoes the legislation, the support =
in=20
council is considered sufficient to override it.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>Quoting "Salvation Army insiders" the =
Post said the=20
organization will refuse to comply with the proposed law because it goes =
against=20
one of the organization's core beliefs - that same-sex marriage is=20
immoral.</FONT></P>
<P><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>"The Army will not change its policy," =
said one=20
official, who declined to be named.</FONT>=20
<P><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>"You cannot change theological views. =
Those are so=20
deeply embedded, they form the root of the faith =
itself."</FONT></P><PRE>&nbsp;</PRE></BODY></HTML>

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