As the Washington D.C. City Council prepares to pass legislation guaranteeing marriage equality for all couples in the district, regardless of sexual orientation, the Catholic Church is coming down hard on the effort, using its tax-exempt organizational power to launch a multipronged effort to block the legislation.
In response to the Catholic anti-equality campaign, a new web site, ChurchOuting, has been created to intimidate Catholic priests in the D.C. area. The site promises to identify priests who are homosexual, or who are having heterosexual affairs, unless the priests sign a Declaration of Religious Support for Marriage Equality. The declaration has already been signed by 194 D.C. clergy.
The ChurchOuting web site characterizes priests hide their homosexual identity as leading “a life of fear”. Yet, the ChurchOuting campaign is using this fear in order to pressure priests to promote its pro-equality agenda.
Is this approach ethical?