(Washington, DC) — An 80-year-old foster care program run by the Archdiocese of Washington, DC has come to an end. This is the first action taken by the church, which has been embroiled in a dispute with the city over the wording of a law legalizing same-sex marriage. The “Washington Post” says Catholic Charities’ foster-care program has been turned over to the National Center for Children and Families. The church says the city’s same-sex marriage law is written to allow for fewer exemptions for religious organizations than laws in other states. It warned city leaders months ago that it would end social service programs if it was forced to recognize and provide benefits to same-sex partners, something the church is explicitly against.

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