New York City, N.Y., Jun 27, 2011 / 14:55 pm
The New York legislature’s passage of a gay “marriage” bill will undermine families and will enable efforts to sanction those who preach the true nature of marriage, the state’s Catholic bishops said June 24.
The bishops of New York said they were “deeply disappointed and troubled” by the legislature’s passage of the bill on June 24 by a 33-29 vote.
“We worry that both marriage and the family will be undermined by this tragic presumption of government in passing this legislation that attempts to redefine these cornerstones of civilization,” they said.
The definition of marriage “cannot change,” they explained, “though we realize that our beliefs about the nature of marriage will continue to be ridiculed, and that some will even now attempt to enact government sanctions against churches and religious organizations that preach these timeless truths.”