“City Union Mission offers a variety of services that help serve the poor and homeless men, women and youth in the Kansas City area lead happier, healthier and more spiritually fulfilling lives,” the organization’s website promises.
But there’s a catch. The organization’s mission only applies to men and women who aren’t “gay married.”
Just in time for winter, management at the privately-owned Christian homeless shelter has announced it will cease to offer food or shelter to legally married homeless same-sex couples.
“We are a Christian, faith-based organization that really does adhere to biblical standards,” executive director Dan Doty told the Kansas City Star. “Our intent is not to shelter same-sex couples together.”
Unmarried gays, however, are still welcome.
“We want to stay true to our biblical convictions, yet we do love all people,” Doty said. “We do shelter men who are gay, and lesbian women, and transgender people.”
“Although,” he added, “if their birth gender is male, we require them to dress that way if they are in our men’s shelter.”
Doty said that he doesn’t give a shit if the decision upsets anyone, and that if legally married, homeless same-sex couples are cold and hungry this winter, they can seek refuge elsewhere. No skin off his back. There are a small handful of other shelters, not to mention plenty of bridges and underpasses, around the city from which they can choose.
A number of folks have taken to Facebook to show their support of City Union Mission’s decision to discriminate:
Interestingly, City Union Mission’s Facebook page doesn’t have a single negative comment, despite all the bad press it’s been receiving lately.
“Our view is that [same-sex marriage] is inappropriate,” Doty preached.
Know what else is inappropriate? Denying a starving person food and shelter in the dead of winter because of their marital status.