Salem officials ban Gordon College from city building

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Salem's historic Old Town Hall dates back to the early 1800s but now it is swept up in a modern day battle between equality and religious liberty.

It began when Gordon College, a Christian college contracted to run functions at the hall, signed on to a letter asking President Obama for a religious exemption from a planned executive order banning discrimination against gays and lesbians.

An exemption, they argued, would protect "religious organizations that seek to serve in accordance with their faith and values."

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