As reported in the NY Times:
Catholic Charities To Withdraw Services Over Same-Sex Marriage
The fight over a proposed same-sex marriage law here heated up this week as the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington said that if the law passed, the church would cut its social service programs that help residents with adoption, homelessness and health care. Under the bill, which has the mayor’s support and is expected to pass next month, religious organizations would not be required to perform same-sex weddings or make space available for them. But officials from the archdiocese said they feared the law might require them to extend employee benefits to same-sex married couples. As a result, they said, the archdiocese would have to abandon its contracts with the city if the law passed. The church’s social services arm, known as Catholic Charities, serves 68,000 local residents, including about a third of the city’s homeless people, who go to city-owned shelters managed by the church, city officials said. The New York Times, 11/12/09
I want to say that this is a sad day and that the repercussions of these “equal protection” laws are going to drive away millions of dollars that flow through these ministries.
Also, as I understand it, if the Senate health care bill doesn’t include the Stupak amendment and president Obama breaks yet another promise of not funding abortion by signing it into law, then Catholic hospitals will be in a tough bind. If they extend services to those under the Gov’t plan, they would be bound to extend abortion services. Hopefully the bill keeps the amendment and a conscious clause is contained within that will allow certain doctors and hospitals to extend care to folks in the Gov’t plan, but refer abortion services to another hospital or doctor that is willing to perform them. We shall see, but the trend is not good.
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