D.C. Catholic Charities Drops Spousal Benefits in Gay Marriage Dispute
Religion News Service reports that the Archdiocese of Washington's social service branch will stop offering benefits to spouses of new employees. The move is an attempt 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 Washington, informed the group's 850 employees of the change in a letter on Monday, two days before gay marriage is scheduled to become 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."
It was a case of let’s-make-‘gay’-legal vs. a group’s religious principles. And as many suspected would happen, religious principles lost. (‘Gay’ used to mean ‘care free’ – didn’t it?)
I, for one, do not want to make homosexuality (assuming it’s between consenting adults) illegal. I live in a state where the practice used to be prohibited by law. I was not completely comfortable with that idea. Several years ago I told a state legislator friend of mine what I thought about that.
He urged me to reconsider. He predicted that without a law against homosexuality, homosexual activists would use that situation as an opening to push for ‘gay’ friendly school curricula, even homosexual ‘marriage’ and many other such things. I was not completely convinced, but that was a long time ago.
I’m still not convinced that legal penalties for homosexual practice are a good idea. But I must say that the ‘homo’ lobby makes it ever more difficult for me to maintain my composure on this matter. Not content with legal tolerance, the open, active ‘gay’ crowd demands ever more legal approval of their vile behavior.
It is vile. But vileness alone is still not enough to put someone in jail or worse. Homosexuality is the kind of behavior best dealt with by social, not legal means. Christians individually and together as the church should proclaim the fact that it is wrong. This means that we, at a social level, should warn people of its dangers. We should counsel people to avoid it, and try to help them do so. We should call on people to repent of it.
And when some insist on practicing homosexuality openly, we should disassociate ourselves from them. A religious group that refuses to pay benefits to a homosexual ‘spouse’ is doing just that.
When the law now requires that a religious group violate its own principles in this regard, the religious free exercise clause of the First Amendment has become a joke. You might say that it has been sacrificed on the alter of the activist homosexual agenda.
I would prefer an open society on matters such as this. That would mean people are free to practice homosexuality, while the rest of us are free to discourage its practice in peaceful, social ways. But if the homosexual activists are going to infringe upon my freedom to disapprove of their practice, they should not be surprised to find their freedom in jeopardy also.
By the way, don’t be surprised if very soon, groups like Catholic Social Services are forced to pay for their employee’s abortions. Oh, wait – I think that’s called ObamaCare!