"The church faced two options with the approval of the new law, said Robert Tuttle, a George Washington University professor who studies the relationship between church and state. One choice was to expand the definition of domestic partner, as the Archdiocese in San Francisco did years ago, to include a parent, sibling or someone else in the household.
"The second choice was to do what the Washington Archdiocese has done: eliminate benefits for all spouses.
"'For decades, the church has been at the forefront of worker benefits, so this move cuts against their understanding of social justice and health benefits to all possible,' Tuttle said. 'But obviously, you can see they felt there was a real conflict between those values. They feel they weren't left with much of a choice.'"
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