According to ABC News, a board member with World Vision has resigned her post because she disagrees with the quick reversal of the decision to hire employees in same-sex marriages. Jacquelline Fuller, a director for Google, Inc., said in an email to the media that she disagrees with the decision and will no longer remain on the board, although she remains a “huge fan” of the organization’s work.
Fuller had worked on the board for two years. World Vision spokesman Steve Panton said no other board members have resigned, but the board would meet to discuss “our past and future actions.”
Last week, World Vision U.S. caused an uproar when it released a statement saying it would hire employees in gay marriages. The organization, based in Federal Way, was started by evangelicals and grew to become a nearly $1 billion international relief agency.
Some prominent evangelical leaders condemned the decision, and several thousand donors canceled their child sponsorships over the new policy. Within two days, the charity backtracked, causing a separate backlash, this time from evangelicals and others who supported recognition for married gay employees. Washington is among the states that recognize same-sex marriage.