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Catholic Church issues D.C. an anti-Gay ultimatum
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Catholic Church issues D.C. an anti-Gay ultimatum

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington D.C. said on November 11 that it will be unable to continue the social service programs it runs for the District if the city doesn't change a proposed same-sex marriage law. This threat, if applied, would affect tens of thousands of people the church helps with adoption, homelessness and health care.

The same-sex marriage bill, which is expected to pass next month and has the mayor's support, says religious organizations would not be required to perform or make space available for Gay weddings. But they would, however, have to obey city laws that would prohibit discrimination against the LGBT community.

Church officials said they are fearful that they could be forced to extend employee benefits to same-sex married couples, among other things, which would leave them no choice but to abandon their contracts with the city.

Catholic Charities, the church's social services arm, is one of dozens of nonprofit organizations that partner with the District. It serves 68,000 people in the city, including one-third of Washington's homeless people who utilize city-owned shelters the church manages. Although city leaders said the church is not the dominant provider of any one service, the Catholics point out that it supplements funding for city programs with $10 million from its organization.

"The city is saying in order to provide social services, you need to be secular," said Susan Gibbs, spokeswoman for the archdiocese. "For us, that's really a problem."

Jane G. Belford, the chancellor of the Washington archdiocese, wrote Councilman Phil Mendelson last week asking for an exemption to protect the church's religious freedoms.

"Allowing individuals exemptions opens the door for anyone to discriminate based on assertions of religious principle," Mendelson said. "Let's not forget that during the civil right era, many claimed separation of the races was ordained by God."

Council member Tommy Wells said it would be dangerous to let the Catholic Church start writing D.C. laws.

Still, Gibbs maintains the law would require any city contractor to ignore their religious principles. "We are not threatening to walk out of the city," she said. "The city is the one saying, 'If you want to continue partnering with the city, then you cannot follow your faith teachings.'"

Vincent Gray, council chairman, said he doesn't see any room to compromise, and that "the city would find another group to provide social services if the church backs out."

This isn't the first time Catholic Charities has threatened to halt services due to same-sex equality legislation. In 2006, the organization halted its adoption programs in Boston because Massachusetts banned discrimination against same-sex couples who want to adopt children.

Although the council is expected to pass the same-sex marriage bill, the measure continues to face strong opposition from a number of groups - Catholic Charities included - that are pushing for a referendum on the issue.

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