Allow legally married same-sex couples to stay together at the City Union Mission homeless shelter.
When a family experiences the hardship of losing their home, the one thing they can count on is each other. Beyond that, they often rely on the compassion of homeless shelters, turning to them to help keep their family safe in their greatest time of need. Sadly, some families are finding the doors are not open to them. The Kansas City Star recently ran an article reporting that the City Union Mission in Kansas City, Missouri has decided to not allow legally married same-sex couples to stay together at their homeless shelter. I started this petition because compassion and help should be available to all families. Please join me in calling on City Union Mission to allow LGBTQ couples to stay together when the tragedy of losing a home strikes.
Because City Union Mission is a religious non-profit organization, they are exempt from non-discrimination laws that mandate LGBTQ couples receive equal treatment in their facilities. Other religious organizations that help homeless people in the Kansas City area such as Catholic Charities and Salvation Army do not discriminate against the LGBTQ couples they serve. City Union Mission has the power to do the right thing, joining the lead taken by similar religious organizations, and open their doors to all families.
Although City Union Mission has the legal right to exclude LGBTQ couples, they do not have the moral right. In the words of the great religious leader and social justice activist Thomas Merton, "Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy."
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