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Church’s homophobia continues to hinder ministry

November 13, 2009

According to the Washington Post:

The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington said Wednesday 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, a threat that could affect tens of thousands of people the church helps with adoption, homelessness and health care.

Under the bill, headed for a D.C. Council vote next month, religious organizations would not be required to perform or make space available for same-sex weddings. But they would have to obey city laws prohibiting discrimination against gay men and lesbians.

Fearful that they could be forced, among other things, to extend employee benefits to same-sex married couples, church officials said they would have no choice but to abandon their contracts with the city.

A few years ago, Catholic Charities in Boston made the same move, citing the demands of the state to recognize same-sex marriages and Catholic doctrine as “irreconcilable.” I’m not going to bother to explain how theologically unsound, morally wrong, or pragmatically short-sighted this move is, because, well, it’s been done before. And as Bishop Spong said just a few weeks ago, “the time has come” to stop giving any legitimacy to homophobes by continuing to engage their arguments. I’m just sad and angry to hear that the church is compromising its ministry people who greatly benefit from their help in DC, by privileging bigoted ideological principles over real people in need.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 13, 2009 10:37 am

    Wait, hold up…

    Fearful that they could be forced, among other things, to extend employee benefits to same-sex married couples…

    I wish they would elaborate on other things? Does the church currently nothave to obey city laws prohibiting discrimination against LGBT peeps? I just don’t understand how any of this could warrant discontinuing social service programs…?

    • November 13, 2009 11:14 pm

      Yeah, I’m not sure either. My impression was that the biggest problem the church has would be allowing same-sex couples to adopt. I’m on super slow internet this weekend, but when I’m back, I’ll try to read more about it and update here!

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