Volunteer Dismissed from British Red Cross for Protesting Homosexual Marriage

The Red Cross dismissed Bryan Barkley, 71, after 20 years of service because of his views on same-sex marriage. (Christian Concern)
The Red Cross dismissed Bryan Barkley, 71, after 20 years of service because of his views on same-sex marriage. (Christian Concern)

A pensioner has had his “opportunity to volunteer” withdrawn by the British Red Cross because he spoke out against the redefinition of marriage.

Earlier this year, Bryan Barkley, 71, held up signs outside Wakefield Cathedral reading “No Same Sex Marriage” and “No Redefinition of Marriage.” He did so on the day that the first same-sex marriages took place in England.

‘Incompatible Views”

But he has since been told that his views on marriage are “incompatible” with the “fundamental principles and values” of the Red Cross and that his opportunity to volunteer was being withdrawn “permanently and with immediate effect.”

Barkley, who has volunteered with the Red Cross for nearly 20 years, worked in the international family tracing service, helping to locate and reunite families in the UK with relatives in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and had been involved in 84 cases.

He joined the Red Cross after retiring from his job as a civil engineer. Earlier in the summer he attended a Buckingham Palace garden party with the charity.

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SOURCE: Christian Concern

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