World Vision, an Evangelical Christian
charity founded in 1950, announced Monday that it will hire married
“World Vision's American branch will
no longer require its more than 1,100 employees to restrict their
sexual activity to marriage between one man and one woman.
Abstinence outside of marriage remains a rule. But a policy change
announced Monday will now permit gay Christians in legal same-sex
marriages to be employed at one of America's largest Christian
World Vision U.S. President Richard
Stearns explained that the policy change was “not an endorsement”
of marriage equality.
“We have decided we are not going to
get into that debate. Nor is this a rejection of tradition marriage,
which we affirm and support.”
“This is simply a decision about
whether or not you are eligible for employment at World Vision U.S.
based on this single issue, and nothing more,” Stearns said.
World Vision serves an estimated 100
million people in 100 countries.