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Catholic Archdiocese Looks For Compromise In Same-Sex Marriage

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By Sabri Ben-Achour

The D.C. Council has taken its first of two votes on the issue of allowing same-sex marriage in the nation's capital, passing the bill 11 to 2.

One of the most prominent opponents of legalizing same sex marriage has been the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington. It's said it would be unable to continue contracting social services with the city under the proposed bill if doing so would require it to provide spousal benefits or adoptive services to same sex couples.

"We're really just asking is that within our own organization that we may follow the teachings of our faith," says spokeswoman Susan Gibbs.

Legislators have suggested that the Church do what Georgetown University does- offer benefits to an employee and one other designated adult whether it be a grandmother or a husband. But the church has rejected that idea. Councilman Tommy Wells has said, in effect, let them.

"There are other contractors. They also provide services to the same residents in the District, They do not ask to be exempt from any DC laws," says Wells.

Discussions so far have not yielded any concrete results, but are ongoing.

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