Breaking News: Below is a statement from D.C. Clergy United for Marriage Equality in response to the Washington Archdiocese of the Catholic Church letter to D.C. City Council.
“Yesterday, the leadership of the Catholic Church made clear that they are choosing a cynical political ploy over their call to serve the neediest among the community.
“Members of the Church hierarchy announced that they will prohibit Catholic Charities from providing services to D.C. residents if the D.C. City Council decides to recognize all married couples as equal under law. If it indeed takes this step, the leadership of the Catholic Church will be turning their backs on thousands of D.C. Catholics and other D.C. residents who embrace all of our neighbors and seek to provide for them in times of need.
“The Catholic Church hierarchy is at a crossroads: they must decide whether they are in the charity business for charity¹s sake, or if imposing their will on the D.C. City Council and the citizens of the District is their primary interest.”
Rev. Dr. Dennis W. Wiley, Pastor
Covenant Baptist Church
Co-Chair, D.C. Clergy United For Marriage Equality
D.C. Clergy United For Marriage Equality is a coalition of nearly 200 District of Columbia clergy and religious leaders of many faiths, races, ethnicities, and sexual orientations. We represent religious institutions in every ward in the District. We have worked together over many years for peace and justice and now join our voices again to speak a faithful word for freedom and equality. We declare that our faith calls us to affirm marriage equality for loving same-sex couples. Learn more by visiting: http://www.ClergyForMarriage.com