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November 19, 2009

Correcting WaPo on the Catholic Church's opposition to marriage equality

The Washington Post today publishes my response for GLAA to the Post's editorial last Sunday that included the howlingly false statement that the Catholic Church was not opposing marriage equality:

I take issue with The Post's Nov. 15 editorial "Marital discord," especially its claim that "the Catholic Church is not trying to prevent the legalization of same-sex marriage in the District." In fact, the Archdiocese of Washington testified against the marriage equality bill and has supported an initiative that would bar same-sex marriages....

The Post talks about self-righteous D.C. Council members while ignoring the self-righteous intransigence of the archdiocese. The marriage bill protects the church's right to discriminate in its core religious functions, but the church insists on discriminating even in the provision of publicly funded services....

The archdiocese does not pretend that providing benefits to divorced and remarried employees violates its teachings against divorce and remarriage. This is not about forcing religious entities to violate their doctrines but about an organization throwing its weight around out of a sense of entitlement to discriminate. District legislators cannot be expected to submit to blackmail, nor should The Post be making ill-supported excuses for it.

The editors chose the rather odd title, "Marriage counseling for D.C. and the Catholic Church," and insisted on changing my opening "We" to "I," even though I was speaking for GLAA and not just myself; but they did show my title and organizational affiliation below my name. Thanks to Jonathan Capehart for helping ensure that GLAA's response was published.

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