Baptist Child Care Agency Won't Hire Gays

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The board that runs Kentucky's largest private child care agency has voted against a proposal to hire gay employees.

A statement from Sunrise Children's Services on Friday says the board of directors voted to maintain its current hiring practice, which informs job applicants that the agency does not hire gays.

Sunrise President Bill Smithwick had pushed for a change to the policy, saying the organization's state and federal funding could someday be put in jeopardy. The agency gets about $1 million a year from Baptist churches, but the vast majority of funding comes from government sources.

Joyce Smith, the chair of Sunrise's board, says the vote "will not affect the everyday care Sunrise provides to families and children."

Sunrise annually serves about 2,000 abused and neglected children around the state.

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