Just one month after the Salvation Army apologized for an Australian official who said the belief that gays must die is part of the group’s “Christian doctrine,” a former Salvation Army caseworker in Burlington, Vermont is alleging that the organization terminated her employment – which provided the sole means of support for her husband and their three-year-old daughter – because of her sexual orientation.
Danielle Morantez, 26 (and, in the interest of full disclosure, a friend of the author), claims that the Burlington Corps of the Salvation Army fired her on Monday after she raised concerns with her supervisors about sections in the Salvation Army employee handbook relating to sexual orientation and employment discrimination, coming out as bisexual in the process. At press time, neither the Burlington Corps nor the Salvation Army’s Northern New England Divisional Headquarters would agree to comment on Morantez’s claims.
These allegations appear to be the latest disturbing chapter in the Salvation Army’s history of anti-LGBT discrimination. If confirmed, this would be a huge black mark against the organization. After all, harming someone’s family simply because that person had the courage to be true to themselves is vindictive and mean-spirited and goes against the Christian values the Salvation Army professes.
In a personal statement given to Truth Wins Out and posted in partnership with the Bilerico Project, an LGBT blog, Morantez noted that her employers gave her every indication that her work was exemplary, but that after the Salvation Army learned she was bisexual, they terminated her immediately and ordered her supervisors to escort her off the premises.
“I’d like the Salvation Army to explain to my three-year-old daughter how they can justify their reprehensible actions in light of the Salvation Army’s pledge to do ‘the most good,’” said Morantez. “Firing someone for being bisexual doesn’t sound like doing ‘the most good’ to me. It sounds like a tragic failure.”