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.”
I’m not quite sure what they think they’re doing here. Do they think that if they take things away from their straight employees, they’re suddenly going to incite the mob to blame it all on the mean gays and lesbians? Do they think people are that stupid? I feel sorry for those spouses who might have health problems that need treatment, only to have it denied because of their employers’ bigotry. And if someone dies from lack of healthcare because the Catholic Church is unable to function in modern society? That would be shameful, and the family would have no one to blame but the Church.
I guess this is just another example of that “light of the world” behavior we’ve grown accustomed to from these very Christian people.
(h/t Joe Sudbay)