coolarmydude saidTo those who may not see a problem with the Catholic church's actions, allow me to explain how they are hypocrites.
1) The church's official position on marriage is that a marriage is not recognized by God unless the marriage is performed by a Catholic ordained priest and the couple is Catholic.
2) Before this gay marriage issue became an issue, the Catholic church was allowing couples who were not Catholic to participate in the foster-care program. So they extended their benefits to unrecognized married heterosexual couples.
3) Now they claim that they shouldn't be forced to recognize same-sex marriages as it is not a recognized marriage by the church.
I wonder if the RC in DC lets Jews, Muslims, Hindus and other non-Christians participate in the foster care program? They were administering a city program, so I would assume they were required to, if the couple was legally married.
There also appears to be an issue about employee benefits packages at other Catholic agencies in DC, so I guess there was a hint that other programs were at risk if the archdiocese had to pay spousal benefits to gays. But if they have non-Catholic married employees, or even non-Christian, how is that also not "contrary to their teachings" as they claim regarding gays?
Or do they only hire Catholic workers? No, I suppose they must hire others, otherwise if all they hired are Catholics they wouldn't have a problem. Any gay couple who got married could be excommunicated, and therefore no longer a Catholic, and not eligible to be hired or remain an employee with them.