Donald W. Wuerl, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington D.C., joins the gay-bashing crusade Bishop Harry Jackson and announces his strong support for a voter initiative next year to ban same-sex marriage in the District, reports the Washington Post.
Wuerl sent a letter to 300 local Catholic priests Tuesday reminding them about the Church's opposition to same-sex marriage, and he launched a round of media interviews to bolster the church's presence in the debate.
"One challenge we see today is a lack of understanding by many people about what marriage is," Wuerl said in a statement. "Marriage simply recognizes a relationship that is fundamental to nature: the complementarity of man and woman."
The Archdiocese submitted a letter in support of the ballot measure to the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics. Archbishop Wuerl's same-sex marriage offensive comes at the same time archdioceses across the country—and in his own Washington DC—are closing Catholic churches and schools due to lack of funds.