"Thanks but no thanks." Former Washington D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams withdraws his application to join a Catholic service society after members launched an internet campaign to attack his long history supporting gay rights, same-sex marriage and a woman's right to choose.
The DC Examiner reports, "Members of the Order of Malta have complained that because Williams supports abortion rights and protections for gay unions, he should not be allowed to join the group. Among the organization's members are U.S. lawmakers who give time and money to charities. Williams's critics used Internet blogs to voice their concerns."
Order of Malta Federal President Noreen Falcone wrote members of the Order saying former Washington D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams retracted his application, says the Catholic News Agency, which describes the former mayor as a "support[er] of abortion rights and an early supporter for same-sex marriage." Falcone objects to what she calls "inaccurate" descriptions of the Order’s admission process and implied Willliams did not meet the "initial threshold for admission" ... whatever that may be.
Former Mayor Anthony Williams, who left office in 2007, was considered the District's most gay friendly-mayor at the time and elevated the LGBT office into a cabinet-level position.