Insurer rejects church because of 'risk' of its gay stance

Brotherhood Mutual turns down business
A United Church of Christ congregation’s pro-gay stance puts it “at a higher risk” of litigation and property damage, a leading U.S. church insurer said in refusing to offer coverage to a Michigan congregation.

Brotherhood Mutual, an insurance company based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, turned down the business of the West Adrian United Church of Christ after learning that the church “publicly endorses” same-sex marriage and gay clergy.

“Based on national media reports, controversial stances such as those . . . have resulted in property damage and potential for increased litigation among churches that have chosen publicly to endorse these positions,” wrote Marci J. Fretz, a regional underwriter for Brotherhood Mutual, in a July 30 letter to the West Adrian Church.

The letter was made public by the Cleveland-based United Church of Christ.


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