Predictably, they said no:
Even if same-sex marriage becomes legal in both Missouri and Kansas — a matter now working its way through the courts — same-sex couples will not be allowed to stay as couples at City Union Mission’s family shelter.This doesn't surprise me. I have one friend who is currently struggling with homelessness in Kansas City, MO, and is sadly connected with the City Union Mission. Additionally, I work with a variety of individuals who have struggled at one point or another with homelessness. One of those folks stayed for a while at the City Union Mission.
“I knew this day would come, especially when the media would begin asking that question,” Doty said, deeply concerned about what effect the nonprofit’s decision could have on its broad community support and donations. “I truly hope you understand the can of worms this could open.
“…We are a Christian, faith-based organization that really does adhere to biblical standards. Our view is that it (same-sex marriage) is inappropriate. Our intent is not to shelter same-sex couples together.”
Married, same-sex couples who insist on being housed together will be referred to another area organization willing to accommodate them. Such organizations might include the Salvation Army, Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph and reStart Inc.
The men who seek shelter there are required to sit through lengthy worship services (1-2 hours per service). They struggle with threats of violence and personal property thefts. They struggle with bedbug infestations -- both in the living areas and in the chapel area.
And you get charged nightly by the mission for the privilege of staying at the shelter.
My friend, after witnessing the latest in a string of anti-gay banter amongst some of the residents, sought help with starting up some kind of support group older LGBT homeless individuals. The shelter representative was apologetic about the threatening speech, but could not "condone" any LGBT support groups within the mission.
So it really doesn't surprise me that they wouldn't support married gay families who are homeless.