On Wednesday, gay marriage will be legal in Washington, D.C. To avoid having to pay benefits to employees who enter into gay marriages, Catholic Charities will halt health benefits for ALL spouses of new hires.
One day before same-sex marriage becomes legal in the District, Catholic Charities will modify its health coverage for employees so that all spouses of newlyweds and new hires will not be covered.
A memo notified staff members Monday of the imminent change.
Spouses of current employes will continue to have health coverage, the memo said. But by making the policy effective Tuesday, the charity will not have to extend benefits to anyone who legally weds one of its gay employees.
Wednesday is the first day when same-sex couples can take out marriage licenses in the city.
Is this right? In jurisdictions with gay marriage, given also anti-discrimination laws, what other challenges might churches face, and how should they deal with them?