Salem officials ban Gordon College from city building

Stefanie Botelho's picture
Friday, July 11, 2014

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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