The children’s charity World Vision UK has said it does not discriminate against people on the grounds of sexual orientation after its partner organisation in the US reversed a decision to allow gay Christians in same-sex marriages to work for it.
World Vision in the US announced earlier this week that it would consider employing Christians in same-sex marriages. But after condemnation from donors, including those who said they would no longer fund the charity’s child sponsorship programmes, it announced two days later that it had reversed this decision.
In a statement today, World Vision UK said that the decisions made by the charity in the US would not change the charity’s practices in the UK.
"World Vision UK does not discriminate on grounds of sexual orientation," the statement said. "Individuals are hired and their performance monitored on job-specific criteria only.
"At WVUK we are saddened by any distraction to our core mission to bring hope to the world’s most vulnerable children."
A spokeswoman for World Vision UK, which employs 240 staff, said that the charity did not consider sexual orientation to be a factor in an individual’s ability to work for the organisation and would not ask prospective employees about it.
World Vision operates a federated structure comprising partner organisations working in 97 countries that each have employment practices sensitive to local needs, the spokeswoman said.