In a post on The Bilerico Project entitled "The DC Catholic Church's Red Herring", Nancy Polikoff discusses her take on the DC Bishop's threat to distract people from the fact that they have been breaking discrimination laws for years. In Washington DC, it is illegal for any organization that receives public funding to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or marital status, and has been for approximately 30 years. That law is on the books now, and predates any form of recognition of same-sex marriage. Up to this point, no one has asked that they be de-funded because gay couples will go elsewhere to another provider that will help them. This threat simply calls official attention to the fact that they have been breaking the law for years, and the DC lawmakers aren't going to let them get away with it.
It is well known that donations to Catholic Charities are declining in the wake of the priest sex-abuse scandals, and that several parishes have gone bankrupt because of having to pay damages to those who were abused. I wonder if this is an attempt to save face for the Catholic Church, as well as a way to publicize their opposition to a law they feel contradicts their teachings, and for them to embark on a campaign of defiance?