Thursday, November 26, 2009
DC leaders seek marriage compromise with church
WASHINGTON — D.C. leaders have contacted the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington in the hopes of forging a compromise over gay marriage.
The archdiocese wants the city to change its same-sex marriage proposal to exempt the church from the law.
The marriage bill wouldn't require churches to perform same-sex weddings, but the archdiocese fears it would have to offer employee benefits to married same-sex couples because of city contracts held by Catholic Charities.
D.C. Council members are asking the church to explore the positions taken by the church in San Francisco and by Georgetown University. Georgetown provides medical coverage to a spouse or "a legally domiciled adult" in the employee's household.