Business Insurance reports that the change does not affect coverage for any spouses already enrolled in benefits. A spokesman said the ban also does not extend to dependent children.
“The change to our benefits package allows us to remain in compliance with District of Columbia law; adhere to the teachings of the Catholic Church on marriage, defined as solely between a man and a woman; and allow us to continue our partnership with the district in serving more than 68,000 people last year in need,” the spokesman said, according to Business Insurance.
The move does not affect benefits offered by other Catholic Charities offices, which operate independently.
The District of Columbia’s Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Amendment Act, which expands the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples, took effect Wednesday after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge of it.