Beating Down the Beatitudes in DC?


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Dear Friends of Marriage,

All Christians are called to follow the Beatitudes. Since our nation's founding, America in particular has benefited from the fact that churches have united together to feed the poor, clothe the naked, care for the fatherless and motherless, and comfort the sorrowful.

But right now, in our nation's capital, the City Council is poised to beat down the church's ability to fully embrace and act out its Gospel message.

Astonishingly, members of the City Council of the District of Columbia, led by Chair Vincent Gray and David Catania, are pushing a same-sex marriage bill that will force the Catholic Church (and other churches) out of providing for the least of these. You can read about the attack on the church here.

The Washington Post's headline for this article is: Catholic Church Gives D.C. Ultimatum. This is absurd. It is the District of Columbia who is giving the Catholic Church an ultimatum: Either go against the core truth of both reason and faith that marriage is the union of a man and a woman or we will punish you and limit your ability to live out your faith in the public square.

I testified a week ago before the city council on the same-sex marriage bill. Mr. David Catania showed his true colors by his disrespectful behavior and false statements with regard to the facts. You can watch my testimony by clicking here (starts at the 04:46:20 mark). As I walked out, a number of African-American pastors and leaders applauded, thankful that we were willing to stand up and expose the lies that Mr. Catania is peddling in the District. NOM will continue to fight for the District of Columbia's right to religious freedom and a vote.

Don't be fooled. This is not only about the Catholic Church. This is about every faith in this nation that knows and teaches that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. If bills like the one proposed in the District are passed we will all be treated as second-class citizens.

We've said all along that there is a direct threat to religious liberty posed by the redefinition of marriage. David Catania, Vincent Grey and other city council members have proven our point. They are saying to all of us: if you believe that marriage is the union of a man and a woman you are a bigot, and we will treat you as such, and punish your religious institutions.


Please call and e-mail D.C. Council Chair Vincent Grey and Council Member David Catania at the numbers below and tell them to stop the attack on marriage and religious liberty!

Mr. Vincent Grey (Chair):  (202) 724-8032
Mr. David Catania:  (202) 724-7772
Click here to send an email to both Chairman Grey and Councilmember Catania.


Brian BrownBrian S. Brown
Executive Director
National Organization for Marriage
20 Nassau Street, Suite 242
Princeton, NJ 08542
[email protected]

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