Bush Drops Rule on Hiring of Gays
The Bush administration announced that it is no longer considering a regulation permitting religious charities to discriminate against homosexuals after Democratic Senate leaders warned that such an action would endanger Bush’s “faith-based” initiative. Yesterday, an internal Salvation Army document revealed that the Bush administration would protect religious-based charities from local discrimination laws in return for the Salvation Army’s support for the administration’s “faith-based” initiative. The controversial development may further weaken Bush’s proposal to provide government funds to religious-based charities, an initiative that already faces constitutional concerns in Congress.
See Dana Milbank, The Washington Post, July 10, 2001