American Bible Society asks employees to resign if they have sex outside marriage

The American Bible Society, a nonprofit organization based in Philadelphia, has established a new policy that will require its employees to abstain from sex if they are not married — or quit their job.

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The organization has given employees until Jan. 1, 2019 to agree to the new policy, or resign. Nine employees reportedly chose to leave the company, according to reports.

A staff who has worked with the organization for a decade, on the other hand, is in a bind because she and her partner live together, and they have no plans to marry yet.

"It's pretty much like a firing squad going around," the unnamed staff said, adding she has started looking for a new job.

Employees were told about the new policy last December. President and CEO Roy Peterson told Religion News Service, "We did this because we believe a staff made up of people with a deep and personal connection to the Bible will bring unity and clarity as we continue our third century of ministry."

Established two centuries ago, the American Bible Society translates, publishes and distributes Bibles all over the world. It has around 235 employees.

Aside from its stand against sex outside of marriage, the group also underscored its belief that a marriage must be between a man and woman only. This disqualifies LGBTQ members from being employed in the organization. Workers are also expected to become active in their local Christian church.

Reports also revealed that an employee who introduced his husband at work last year perhaps triggered the shift.

State laws in Philadelphia, however, prohibit discrimination of employees for their race, sexual orientation and religion. Some exemptions might apply, however, for jobs that are related to religious activities.

No complaints have been filed against the American Bible Society with the Commission on Human Relations.