Washington Sate: A homeless shelter run by “Christians” in the Seattle, Washington area The Yakima Union Gospel Mission has filed a federal lawsuit alleging that its First Amendment rights to hire “likeminded” individuals who share their biblical mission about only hiring those who practice sexual purity in marriage has been violated.
Specifically, the organization hires only those who support its biblical mission of “spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ through its homeless shelter, addiction-recovery programs, outreach efforts, meal services, and health clinics for the Yakima community.”
The shelter will be represented by the extreme right-wing anti-LGBT group Alliance Defending Freedom . The lawsuit objects to the Washington Law Against Discrimination, which prohibits sexual orientation discrimination in employment and argues that the defendants “view the Mission’s Christian behavior requirement on marriage and sexuality as unlawful sexual orientation discrimination under the WLAD.”
State officials have allegedly “[threatened] the mission with significant penalties for using its religiously based hiring practices.”
And of course. The Yakima Union Gospel Mission is a 501c3 tax exempt non-profit. EIN. 23-705006