I can only imagine that Susan Gibbs must have laughed till she cried while writing this. Then she went home, poured herself a double scotch, and reminded herself that even though she hates being a tool for a bunch of hateful homophobes, it will look good on her resume.
(Backstory: the Archdiocese of Washington DC threatened to withhold social services if gay marriage became legal. With yesterday's vote, it will most likely become legal. Her statement on behalf of the Archdiocese is ridiculous, hilarious and finally pitiful. Read it after the jump.)
Legalization of Same Sex Marriage in the Nation's Capital
Archdiocese Remains Committed to Serving Poor
December 15, 2009
Today the District of Columbia joined a handful of states where legislatures or courts have redefined marriage to include persons of the same sex. Since this legislation was first introduced in October, the Archdiocese of Washington opposed the redefinition of marriage based on the core teaching of the Catholic Church that the complementarity of man and woman is intrinsic to the definition of marriage. However, understanding the City Council was committed to legalizing same sex marriages, the archdiocese advocated for a bill that would balance the Council's interest in redefining marriage with the need to protect religious freedom. Regrettably, the bill did not strike that balance.
The Archdiocese of Washington and Catholic Charities are deeply committed to serving those in need, regardless of race, creed, gender, ethnic origin or sexual orientation. This commitment is integral to our Catholic faith and will remain unchanged into the future.
Religious organizations have long been eligible to provide social services in our nation's capital and have not been excluded simply because of their religious character. This is because the choice of provider has focused on the ability to deliver services effectively and efficiently. We are committed to serving the needs of the poor and look forward to working in partnership with the District of Columbia consistent with the mission of the Catholic Church.
Director of Communications