Catholic Charities drops spousal benefits in response to same-sex marriage law

Policy applies to new employees
The archdiocese of Washington’s social service branch will stop offering benefits to spouses of new employees in a bid to balance the District of Columbia’s new same-sex marriage law with Catholic opposition to homosexuality.

Edward Orzechowski, president and CEO of Catholic Charities of Washing ton, informed the group’s 850 employees of the change in a March 1 letter, two days before gay marriage became legal in the city.

“We sincerely regret that we have to make this change,” said Orzechowski, “but it is necessary to allow Catholic Charities to continue to provide essential services to the clients we serve in partnership with the District of Columbia while remaining consistent with the tenets of our religious faith.”

 

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