URGENT: RED CROSS MARRIAGE HEARING THIS WEEK
Dear Marriage supporter
Volunteer’s appeal set for Thursday 11 December
Thank you to the very many of you who have been in contact with the Red Cross over its dismissal of long-term volunteer Bryan Barkley because of his views on same-sex marriage.
An appeal date has finally been set for this Thursday, 11 December. This presents another opportunity to remind the Red Cross of the strength of feeling in the country over what it has done.
The truth about Red Cross denials over dismissal
We are aware that the Red Cross has been responding to some of you stating: “we want to make it absolutely clear that the British Red Cross did not dismiss this volunteer because of his views on same sex marriage”.
This is a shameful attempt to further smear the reputation of a man whom the Red Cross has itself described as “extremely dedicated and committed”.
Correspondence makes it clear that the Red Cross dismissed him for one reason and one reason only – he believes that marriage is the union of a man and a woman.
What the Red Cross has been telling you (November 2014):
“Please be assured that the British Red Cross would not take the decision to ask a member of staff or a volunteer to relinquish their duties lightly or without good cause, and while we cannot discuss individual cases in detail, we want to make it absolutely clear that the British Red Cross did not dismiss this volunteer because of his views on same sex marriage”.
What the Red Cross said to Mr Barkley when it dismissed him (August 2014):
“As I explained at the start of the meeting, the purpose of it was to consider the compatibility of your publicly held position on the issue of same-sex marriage (following on from your protest in Wakefield City Centre that generated mainstream and social media profile), with the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, the values of the British Red Cross and our own organisational policies about a) Political and Other Affiliations and b) Conflicts of Interest”.
What the Red Cross said to Mr Barkley when it invited him to a discussion meeting (June 2014):
“Therefore, the purpose of the meeting is to discuss your recent activity, in relation to your objection to same sex marriage, which gained mainstream media and social media coverage and consider this in line with the Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross Red Crescent movement and the values of the British Red Cross”.
In the light of this, we again ask you to challenge the Red Cross over its actions.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for the attention of Mike Adamson, CEO of the British Red Cross.
Call one of the following numbers: 020 7138 7900, 020 7877 7000 or 0844 871 11 11. Lines are open between 9am and 5.30pm.
Write to British Red Cross, 44 Moorfields, London EC2Y 9AL.
Express your dismay that the Red Cross should dismiss a volunteer because of his views on same-sex marriage and then tell its supporters this was not the case;
Ask the Red Cross to take the opportunity of the appeal hearing to make a full apology to Mr Barkley and reinstate him without further delay.
Coalition for Marriage