Friday, September 4, 2009
The Catholic church is up to it’s old queer-hating tricks again. This time, Washington DC Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl has increased the church’s involvement in opposition to marriage equality in the nation’s capital.
Wuerl addressed 300 Catholic priests in the area, reminding them in a letter about the church’s antigay marriage stance. He also gave interviews to several news sources to further vocalize the church’s view in the debate.
Wuerl has joined forces with Baptists, mainly African-American preachers, in pressuring D.C. officials to allow public voting on the legalization of same-sex marriage.
David A. Catania, the openly gay city council member who introduced the bill to legalize same-sex marriage in D.C. this fall, is undaunted by the Catholic Church’s participation in the debate:
“We have a long tradition in this city of evolving toward equality and a better, more expansive view of human rights, and in 2009 this includes marriage equality for same-sex couples. I respect the bishop for his view…but we live in a representative democracy where there is a separation of church and state. We do not live in a theocracy.”
Wuerl’s involvement in the debate began the same day that eight opponents of marriage equality approached the D.C. Board of Elections & Ethics to hold an initiative in 2010 defining marriage as being between a man and a woman. The initiative states that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid and recognized in the District of Columbia.”
Recently, the viciously homophobic Catholic Church has successfully joined with the Mormons to help repeal gay marriage equality in California and is the driving force to repeal gay marriage equality in Maine.