Maine City Commands Salvation Army To Offer Benefits

Sat. July 6, 2002 12:00 AM by Brian Decker

Portland, ME - The Salvation Army must comply with Portland, Maine's domestic partners ordinance, or lose contracts for the only activity center and meals-on-wheels program serving the city's elderly. City councilors voted 6-3 against exempting religious groups from a 2001 ordinance that requires recipients of federal funding to provide health and employment benefits to workers' domestic partners. The Salvation Army says it cannot comply because the Bible forbids sexual relations between persons of the same gender.

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