Catholic Charities stops benefits for employees’ spouses

Rather than provide health care to gay and lesbian spouses in D.C., Catholic Charities has cut off health care benefits for employees’ spouses.
A letter describing the change was e-mailed to employees Monday, two days before same-sex marriage becomes legal in the district, reported the Washington Post.
“We looked at all the options and implications,” the charity’s president, Edward J. Orzechowski, told the Post. “This allows us to continue providing services, comply with the city’s new requirements and remain faithful to the church’s teaching.”
Also in response to legalizing gay marriage in the district, Catholic Charities transferred its foster-care program to another provider, the National Center for Children and Families, last month.

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3 Responses to Catholic Charities stops benefits for employees’ spouses

  1. Jo says:

    What a drastic and Uncharitable action. Hope there’s a law suite over this.

  2. Houses and cars are expensive and not everyone is able to buy it. But, mortgage loans are created to aid people in such kind of cases.

  3. Asws says:

    A clarification:
    “Catholic Charities will continue to honor the health-plan coverage that current employees have as of March 1, 2010. As of March 2, a new plan will be in effect that will cover new employees and requests for benefit changes by current employees,” stated a memo issued by Catholic Charities’ President and CEO Edward Orzechowski.
    Only new hires and employees who marry in the future will be without spousal coverage.

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