Shoreline Council candidate David Chen resigns from his position at CRISTA over their stand on same-sex relationships

Thursday, September 12, 2019

David Chen is a candidate for
Shoreline City Council Pos 4
In light of a letter disavowing same-sex relationships sent to staff and families of students at King’s High School in Shoreline from parent organization CRISTA Ministries, David Chen resigned from his position as CRISTA’s General Counsel and released the following statement: 

“Every person — regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, and religion — deserves equal rights and to be treated with dignity and respect. The letter sent by my former employer in July detailing their anti-LGBTQ+ beliefs made working for them untenable. The positions reflected in CRISTA’s letter are wrong. This kind of discrimination by an organization that is supposed to support and educate students is completely unacceptable.
“As the father of three young children I’m proud to stand up for what I believe in and lead by example. On City Council, I will listen to and uplift the voices of underrepresented communities as I have through my work with the Dale Turner YMCA, Sounders RAVE Foundation, and Vision House. I stand with Shoreline’s LGBTQ+ students, teachers, and families.”

David Chen is a candidate for Shoreline City Council Position 4.

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Anonymous,  September 13, 2019 at 5:42 AM  

Christa needs to make a statement and change their policies.

Anonymous,  September 13, 2019 at 9:13 AM  

According to the Seattle Times, and David's statement, the letter was sent to staff and families in July, but it took until now (and the publication of the story in the Times) for David to resign. This seems curious.

DKH September 13, 2019 at 12:16 PM  

CRISTA is a private, religious organization.

Doug September 13, 2019 at 12:57 PM  

Why was he on the board if he doesn’t support their beliefs?

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