Broadlawns ends contract with Freedom Blend Coffee over marriage views

Broadlawns Medical Center has severed ties with a religiously affiliated coffee shop just four months into its contract, saying some of the business’s beliefs on marriage and sexuality are at odds with the hospital’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

The Polk County public hospital ended its agreement last week with Freedom Blend Coffee, which had opened a shop on the first floor of the inpatient wing in May. The coffee shop’s last day of business was Sept. 14.

The dispute centers around anti-LGBTQ beliefs maintained by Freedom For Youth Ministries, a Christian organization that operates Freedom Blend Coffee.

According to hospital officials in emails obtained by the Des Moines Register, the statements of faith listed on Freedom For Youth’s website “do not align themselves with the values ​​of Broadlawns Medical Center.”

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