Bigotry much? During one of the nation's worst recessions and at the same time millions of families are lacking health insurance, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. announces it will no longer offer spousal benefits to ANY employees to avoid offering benefits to same-sex partners of employees, reports the Washington Post.
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." Orzechowski said Monday that the change in health benefits will be the last move necessary in response to the legislation. "We do not anticipate any further changes whatsoever," he said. "Taking the action we have on foster care and spousal we feel has addressed everything the new law requires of us." Staff members at the charity were not given advance notice of the new policy and will not be able to add a
Catholic Charities receives about $22 million annually from the District and has 850 employees. About 100 currently cover their spouses through their work insurance. Current employees can continue to keep spouses on their health plans.
This is the Washington Archdiocese's third public ultimatum over the District's marriage equality law. In November, you'll recall the Church threatened to cut all social services—homeless shelters, food pantries, adoption services—unless the District backed away from its proposed marriage equality law. Later in February, after the marriage law passed, Catholic Charities announced it would stop providing foster care services for all children.
Sort of reminiscent of Virginia and Mississippi closing public schools, swimming pools and libraries in the 1960s rather than integrate them, no? BTW,something tells me that DC Catholic Charities will have problems recruiting the best employees