In an unsurprising move DC Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl has joined anti-equality activist Harry Jackson in urging continued discrimination against gay and lesbian families.
Wuerl sent a letter to 300 local Catholic priests Tuesday reminding them about the Church's opposition to same-sex marriage, and he launched a round of media interviews to bolster the church's presence in the debate.
In his efforts to mobilize Catholics, Wuerl joins a group of Baptist, predominantly African American preachers in stepping up the pressure on D.C. officials to allow a public vote on whether same-sex marriage should be legalized.
Wuerl said that the Church is "committed to develop opportunities for parishioners to be involved to ensure that the true definition of marriage is upheld in the District of Columbia."
Jackson filed a request yesterday with the DC Board of Elections and Ethics (BOEE) to force a Prop 8 style anti-marriage initiative on the ballot for 2010. The BOEE earlier this year denied Jackson's request for a referendum to repeal DC's marriage recognition law saying that such a referendum would violate the DC Human Rights Ordinance.
Jackson's efforts have been bolstered by the National Organization for Marriage's recent move into the District. NOM's Executive Director Brian Brown has said that banning marriage equality in DC is one of the group's main goals.
Jackson has also called on anti-equality activists nationally to disregard DC's home rule and to appeal to members of Congress to pro-actively ban marriage equality.