World Vision member resigns over gay policy

2014-04-03 15:52

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Seattle - A World Vision board member has resigned in protest after the Christian aid group quickly reversed its decision to hire employees in same-sex marriages.

Jacquelline Fuller, director of corporate giving for Google, said in an email on Wednesday to The Associated Press that she remains a "huge fan" of the group's work on behalf of the poor, but she resigned on Friday "as I disagreed with the decision to exclude gay employees who marry."

She declined to comment further.

Last week, World Vision was at the centre of an uproar after confirming it would hire employees in gay marriages. The charity, based in Federal Way, was started by evangelicals and grew to become a nearly $1bn international relief agency.

Some prominent evangelical leaders condemned the decision, and several thousand donors cancelled their child sponsorships over the new policy. Within two days, the charity backtracked, causing a separate backlash, this time from evangelicals and others who supported recognition for married gay employees.

Washington is among the states that recognize same-sex marriage.

Fuller had served on the board for just over two years. World Vision President Richard Stearns released a statement thanking Fuller for her service.

A World Vision spokesperson, Steve Panton, said no other board members have resigned. Panton said the board of directors met on Wednesday and will meet again within the next few days "to assess our past and future actions."

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