Salem, Mass., Discontinues Christian College’s Use of Town Hall

The city of Salem, Mass., says it will end a contract with Gordon College that allowed the Christian institution to use Salem’s Old Town Hall, The Boston Globe reports. The decision came in response to Gordon’s request that religious colleges be granted an exemption from a forthcoming federal ban on discrimination against gay and lesbian people.

Mayor Kimberley Driscoll said in a written statement that the college’s anti-gay policies violated an ordinance that prohibits the city from doing business with entities that discriminate.

Gordon’s president had joined 13 other religious-college presidents in a letter to President Obama asking for a religious exemption to a rule that will ban federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in their hiring practices. Students, faculty members, and alumni of Gordon College have protested the letter.

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