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NY Bishop: We Should Speak ‘Forcefully & Clearly’ Against Gay Marriage

Top Catholic leaders in New York have wasted no time in voicing their continued opposition to gay marriage since Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that allowed same-sex couples to marry into law on Friday.

Archbishop Timothy Dolan, the state’s top Catholic leader, has called gay marriage “detrimental to the common good” and a violation of “natural law.”

“We as Catholics would oppose any attempt by anybody to redefine marriage, whether that … whomever that may be,” he said. “We just don’t believe that marriage can be changed and radically altered to accommodate a particular lifestyle.”

Gay marriage became legal in New York late Friday night, after the Senate voted 33-29 to approve a bill to legalize marriage between same-sex couples. Gov. Cuomo signed the bill into law minutes before the clock struck midnight.


Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, who represents the Diocese of Brooklyn, railed against gay marriage in an op-ed Sunday in the New York Daily News.

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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Your Name

    Re: “We should speak forcefully and clearly …”

    I hate to point out the obvious, but they already HAVE. It seems to be what they do for a living – speaking out against justice and fairness and equality and treating ALL God,s children equally before the law.

    Heck, they even got special – and quite unnecessary – language inserted into the bill which in effect gives them even MORE special rights for religionists. And they are not even satisfied with that.aybe it is time for these busybody Bishops to just mind their own business. No one is going to be forcing them to perform a same-gender marriage. Other faiths don,t seem to have the same problems. “The Church” is NOT of one accord on this matter. Why can they just not leave OTHER PEOPLE and their freedoms alone? Hate mongers.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Henrietta22

    Dolan, said “We just don’t believe marriage can be changed and radically altered to accomadate a particular life style”.

    After reading recently in the news that the lifestyle of heterosexuals is now to “shack-up” together without marriage it seems that they are radically altering marriage by no marriage to accomodate ‘their particular lifestyle’. Will the RCC start a bill to stop this? If they try they will have to control their own as well as the married politicians with their girlfriends, boyfriends, and call girls and boys. The Gay people who want to be married and not just “shack-up” should be allowed to.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment pagansister

    It appears that Dolan and company did not inmpress the NY legislature with their views. Rightfully so. Equality is what was at stake, not the religious beliefs of the RCC and other anti-equality churches.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment jestrfyl

    “Forcefully and clearly”, many of the United Churches of Christ are Open and Affirming of all people, including those who are gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, or transexual.
    “Jesus didn’t reject people, and neither do we” is one of our slogans.

    Is that forceful and clear enough?

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Ted Moxie

    Archishop Dolan did well in leaving town and not speaking out injudiciously against the bill. This will be one-there have been other-when our Church will be proved wrong. As for now, no one can criticize the Archbishop for following church teachings on the matter.
    What has always confused me is not opposition to the bill and others like it, but the vehemence and venom, which has accompanied such opposition. IF only our church would speak out against capital punishment and war with the same vehemence-forget the venom.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Grumpy Old Person

    Who Would Jesus Shun?

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