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NY Catholic bishop vows to ban pro-gay marriage lawmakers from church events

NY Catholic bishop vows to ban pro-gay marriage lawmakers from church events

Religious leaders on Saturday slammed New York state’s new marriage equality law, and vowed to ban lawmakers who supported the measure from Catholic church and school events.

Nicholas DiMarzio

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, of the diocese of Brooklyn, called on all Catholic schools to reject any honor bestowed upon them by Gov. [Andrew] Cuomo, who played a pivotal role in getting the bill passed.

He further asked all pastors and principals to “not invite any state legislator to speak or be present at any parish or school celebration.” […]

“The state should not be concerned about regulating affection.”

“I believe the passage of same sex marriage is another ‘nail in the coffin’ of marriage,” wrote DiMarzio, in a separate editorial in today’s Daily News.

New York Catholic Archbishop Timothy Doaln said he was disheartened that the same-sex marriage bill was passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Cuomo.

“I think for anybody, especially state government, to tamper with something as sacred and timeless and as much a part of the human condition as marriage is careless,” Dolan said.

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