Kentucky Baptists Vote on Foster Agency's Idea To Avoid Closure: Hire Gays

Trustees reject solution of Sunrise Children's Services president: 'I would rather homosexuals see the love of God through us than be denied employment by us.'

One of the largest providers of care for abused and neglected children in Kentucky hopes to find a way to preserve the state funding that supplies the vast majority of its budget.

But this week, Southern Baptist leaders in the Bluegrass State soundly rejected Sunrise Children's Services latest solution. The reason: It involved hiring gay and lesbian staff.

Baptist Press reports that messengers to the annual meeting of the Kentucky Baptist Convention (KBC) have overwhelmingly voted "no confidence" in Bill Smithwick, president of the foster agency previously known as Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children, over his proposal to drop a hiring ban against LGBT employees in order to avert the risk of losing state funds in the future. Donations from Baptist churches only amount to approximately 5 percent of Sunrise's budget, whereas state funds make up the rest.

"I would rather homosexuals see the love of God through us than be denied employment by us," said ...

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