The Catholic Church in D.C. is still trying to walk the line, making Catholic teaching more important than trendy depravity:
Gay rights activists like to say, "How does my gay marriage affect your straight marriage?" Here's one answer: real married people now can't get health benefits for their spouses if they work for Catholic organizations (short of the diocese itself, I'm assuming, though I expect that will eventually be attacked as well by gay activists) in Washington, D.C. A Catholic man who is about to marry and whose future wife will, God willing, be blessed with children can't work for Catholic Charities and have health coverage for his wife and children. But hey, so long as Tim and Jim get to play house and throw a fabulous Capitol wedding party, what does it matter if John Catholic has to choose between his job and his ability to get health insurance for his future spouse and their future children?
Employees at Catholic Charities were told Monday that the social services organization is changing its health coverage to avoid offering benefits to same-sex partners of its workers -- the latest fallout from a bitter debate between District officials trying to legalize same-sex marriage and the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington.
Starting Tuesday, Catholic Charities will not offer benefits to spouses of new employees or to spouses of current employees who are not already enrolled in the plan. A letter describing the change in health benefits was e-mailed to employees Monday, two days before same-sex marriage will become legal in the District.
"We looked at all the options and implications," said the charity's president, Edward J. Orzechowski. "This allows us to continue providing services, comply with the city's new requirements and remain faithful to the church's teaching."
The church faced two options with the approval of the new law, said Robert Tuttle, a George Washington University professor who studies the relationship between church and state. One choice was to expand the definition of domestic partner, as the Archdiocese in San Francisco did years ago, to include a parent, sibling or someone else in the household.
The second choice was to do what the Washington Archdiocese has done: eliminate benefits for all spouses.
"For decades, the church has been at the forefront of worker benefits, so this move cuts against their understanding of social justice and health benefits to all possible," Tuttle said. "But obviously, you can see they felt there was a real conflict between those values. They feel they weren't left with much of a choice."
The effect of this is going to be this: to be a married Catholic means you can't realistically be employed by Church organizations in our nation's Capitol any more. Faithful Catholic married people will be the ones punished by D.C.'s new gay marriage law, and that is exactly how this is going to play out across our nation as this wickedness spreads.
But that, of course, is what the gay activists want, to silence the Church and to punish her faithful, who will not go along with their pretense that homosexual sex is morally good instead of morally evil. Expect this new version of "Capitol punishment" to play out across our country, until some bishop with a good strong spine refuses to blink, and shuts down every Catholic agency, hospital, school, organization and so forth in his diocese, rather than cooperate even in the slightest with this sickening evil.