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Statement: Why can't Paul wear uniform?

We created a special outfit for Paul to wear while he marched with the band. The Salvation Army uniform is an expression of faith and commitment to the Church and its beliefs. It is not possible for anyone to wear the uniform until they sign up to these commitments in the form of becoming a soldier. A soldier makes a declaration that he or she will not drink alcohol, gamble or have sex outside of marriage. Once that declaration is made they are entitled to wear the uniform.

We do not expect the same level of adherence from non-members and do not condemn those who do not hold the same beliefs or exclude them from attending our church services, working for us or receiving our support.

There are many ways to be part of the Salvation Army and join. Working for us as an employee or volunteer, supporting us and attending church are some of the ways. We aim to be an inclusive church where members of the LGBT community find welcome and the encouragement to develop their relationship with God.

A diverse range of views on homosexuality may exist within The Salvation Army – as among the wider Christian (and non-Christian) community. But no matter where individual Salvationists stand on this matter, The Salvation Army does not permit discrimination on the basis of sexual identity in the delivery of its social care or in its employment practices.