Catholic group slams de Blasio for questioning Christian charity's New York coronavirus field hospital
on Friday accused also singles out homosexuality and same-sex marriage.
"We believe God's plan for human sexuality is to be expressed only within the context of marriage, that God created man and woman as unique biological persons made to complete each other," the statement reads. "God instituted monogamous marriage between male and female as the foundation of the family and the basic nature of human society. For this reason, we believe that marriage is exclusively the union of one genetic male and one genetic female."
There had been concern that Samaritan's Purse might favor Christian patients over those who hold different beliefs.
Initially, the mayor said he found it "very troubling" when he learned that Samaritan's Purse wanted to open a pop-up hospital in the park.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at the USTA Indoor Training Center where a 350-bed temporary hospital will be built Tuesday, March 31, 中国体彩票手机版下载, in New York. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
"I said immediately to my team that we had to find out exactly what was happening," de Blasio said. "Was there going to be an approach that was truly consistent with the values and the laws in New York City, that everyone would be served and served equally?"
The Democratic mayor also said he had spoken to the CEO of the Mount Sinai medical system, who said they would "only continue their relationship with the organization if those rules are followed, that they have a written agreement that there's going to be no discrimination whatsoever."
Donohue also took de Blasio to task over his initial handling of coronavirus, which critics called clumsy and uninformed.
that coronavirus is "too delicate to leave it to televangelists, purveyors of the faith, to handle out medical needs."
New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson said he found it "extremely disturbing" that Samaritan's Purse would be involved in New York City's relief efforts and said he would be "monitoring the situation closely."