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Mike Pence’s wife works for a school that bans LGBTQ people

Karen Pence
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Karen Pence, the wife of Mike Pence, has accepted a part-time job teaching art a school that explicitly discriminates against LGBTQ people.

The Immanuel Christian School in Virginia requires people applying for work to state that they are a “born again” Christian.

At the end of the application, they must initial next to a list of “standards of behavior.”

One of them is “moral purity,” which, here, only refers to sexual purity.

“I understand that the term ‘marriage’ has only one meaning; the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive covenant union as delineated in Scripture,” the application says.

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“Moral misconduct which violates the bona fide occupational qualifications for employees includes, but is not limited to, such behaviors as the following: heterosexual activity outside of marriage (e.g., premarital sex, cohabitation, extramarital sex), homosexual or lesbian sexual activity, polygamy, transgender identity, any other violation of the unique roles of male and female, sexual harassment, use or viewing of pornographic material or websites, and sexual abuse or improprieties toward minors as defined by Scripture and federal or state law.”

Fortunately for Pence, the application does not mention divorce at all, since she is currently in her second marriage.

The document also requires applicants to list their “Christian Experience” along with their education and professional experiences.

They have to answer several short answer questions, like “Explain when and how you came to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and describe your relationship with Christ today” and “Explain your view of the creation/evolution debate.”

In the Parent Agreement, parents must refrain from “participating in, supporting, or condoning sexual immorality, homosexual activity or bi-sexual activity, promoting such practices, or being unable to support the moral principles of the school.”

According to George Washington Law School professor Robert Tuttle, the school is legally allowed to engage in such discrimination.

A spokesperson for Pence said, “It’s absurd that her decision to teach art to children at a Christian school, and the school’s religious beliefs, are under attack.”

“The Pences never seem to miss an opportunity to show their public service only extends to some,” HRC’s JoDee Winterhof said.

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