A Canadian man claims he was banned from a food bank in Winnipeg, Manitoba, after questioning an application for volunteers regarding the definition of marriage.
Richard Friesen used the Winnipeg Harvest food bank and wanted to volunteer there, but was asked to sign a "Bethleham Aboriginal Fellowship Lifestyle Agreement" which requires volunteers to respect the church's belief on "marriage between one man and one woman," notes APTN.
The Bethleham Aboriginal Fellowship is a church that is affiliated with the food bank.
"To me that's a very outdated way of thinking," Friesen said.
Friesen took his concerns to Winnipeg Harvest, which he claims resulted in his complete banishment from the food bank.
Friesen's father says they have contacted a human rights commission, which said the ban is not legal.
The Bethleham Aboriginal Fellowship has reportedly changed the food bank volunteer application, but referred questions by APTN to Winnipeg Harvest, which did not return APTN's calls.
The Food Bank's website states:
Winnipeg Harvest is a non-profit, community-based organization committed to providing food to people who struggle to feed themselves and their families. We are also committed to maximizing public awareness of hunger while working towards long-term solutions to hunger and poverty.