After announcing earlier this week that it would recognise same-sex marriage of its employees, Christian relief organisation World Vision reversed course on Wednesday, reports the Religion News Service on Ucanews.
Heavy criticism from evangelicals may have prompted the reversal. Soon after its earlier groundbreaking decision, the Assemblies of God urged members to consider dropping their support.
The loss of child sponsorships may have also been at play. Ryan Reed tweeted on Wednesday: 'My wife works for WV. In today’s staff meeting Stearns announced that so far 2,000 kids dropped.'
World Vision’s child sponsorships are $35 a month, which means the organisation could have lost at least $840,000 in revenue over the long-term.
'We’ve listened,' World Vision president Rich Stearns told reporters. 'We believe we made a mistake. We’re asking them to forgive and understand our poor judgement in the original decision.'
Since its founding, World Vision has always been a Christian organisation, said Stearns. 'The decision we’ve made is based on Biblical principles.'
FULL STORY US charity reverses policy on same-sex married employees (Ucanews)