DC City Council Holds First Vote on Same Sex Marriage

December 01, 2009

The full District of Columbia City Council today held its first reading and vote to legalize same sex marriage in the nation’s capital. A second reading and final vote on Bill 18-482 is expected to occur later this month.

“As the legislation moves forward, the Archdiocese of Washington will continue its dialogue with the Council to seek a balance of interests in the legislation – that of the city council to legalize same sex marriage and that of religious organizations to protect religious liberties,” said Susan Gibbs, spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Washington.

The current legislation could require faith based social service providers to compromise their religious teachings and beliefs in order to be eligible to partner with the District government in providing social services to DC residents.

“The Archdiocese of Washington, Catholic Charities and our other agencies are committed to continuing to serve the people of the District of Columbia as we have done for more than 80 years, with the resources available to us,” Gibbs said.

Each year, Catholic Charities serves 68,000 people in the District of Columbia through a range of services, including shelter, nutrition, counseling, employment and job training services, legal and health care assistance, immigration assistance and more.

For more information on marriage, visit www.MarriageMattersDC.org.

The Archdiocese of Washington includes over 580,000 Catholics in the District of Columbia and five Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s. In the District of Columbia, there are 40 parishes, 21 Catholic schools and 25 corporations established to serve the community.

Susan Gibbs
Office of Communications
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