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Posted: June 26, 2011
Writing the Wave
BREAKING: Brooklyn’s Bishop DiMarzio on same-sex marriage bill passage

Statement of Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio regarding passage of same-sex marriage legislation

Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature have deconstructed the single most important institution in human history. Republicans and Democrats alike succumbed to powerful political elites and have passed legislation that will undermine our families and as a consequence, our society.

With this vote, Governor Cuomo has opened a new front in the culture wars that are tearing at the fabric of our nation. At a time when so many New Yorkers are struggling to stay in their homes and find jobs, we should be working together to solve these problems. However, the politicians have curried favor with wealthy donors who are proponents of a divisive agenda in order to advance their own careers and futures.

What is needed in our state is leadership and not political gamesmanship.

In light of these disturbing developments and in protest for this decision, I have asked all Catholic schools to refuse any distinction or honors bestowed upon them this year by the governor or any member of the legislature who voted to support this legislation. Furthermore, I have asked all pastors and principals to not invite any state legislator to speak or be present at any parish or school celebration.

The above request is intended as a protest of the corrupt political process in New York State. More than half of all New Yorkers oppose this legislation. Yet, the governor and the state legislature have demonized people of faith, whether they be Muslims, Jews, or Christians, and identified them as bigots and prejudiced, and voted in favor of same-sex “marriage.” It is mystifying that this bill would be passed on the last day of an extended session under the cover of darkness.

This issue has been framed as upholding marriage equality. This is not the case since one of the principal purposes of marriage is to bring new life into the world. This cannot happen in same-sex marriage. It is not a civil rights issue, but rather a human rights issue upholding the age-old understanding of marriage. Our political leaders do not believe their own rhetoric. If they did, how in good conscience could they carve out any exemption for institutions that would be proponents of bigotry and prejudice?

Republicans and Democrats equally share responsibility for this ruinous legislation and we as Catholics should hold all accountable for their actions.


Janie Jurica -- June 25th, 2011 at 11:41 am

I do not have nothing against the gay people. GOD made man and woman and it should be that man and woman get married. The politicans only want votes. They do not do what is right for people. They should worry about getting jobs for people who are not working and not worry about letting the same sex marry.

alexandra r -- June 26th, 2011 at 7:29 pm

I think it is completely rational for people of the same sex to be allowed to marry. Some of the most loving and caring and respectful couples I know are of the same sex. They deserve the right to be happy like everyone else. Who is to say they cannot adopt children? There are plenty of people who put children up for adoption selfishly and I know many same sex couples who would love to raise a child, even if it is someone else’s. The Catholic Church needs to rethink some things that they allow instead of criticizing what the politicians do. As I said before, if the purpose of marriage is to procreate then why do they allow people disregard their children and leave them to adoption. I know plenty of same sex couples who would willingly love and raise a child as their own. The church is WRONG. Yes, maybe other more important issues should have been tended to first but why can’t we just be happy that a few more people in our state can live freely and be comfortable with who they are?

Julie Perry -- June 27th, 2011 at 9:03 am

Bishop, Thank you so much for your statement. I have become so fatigued by so-called Catholics who support this type of legislation. The governor and many like Nancy Pelosi, etc. who profess to be Catholic should not be able to receive the Eucharist. The passage of this bill is an abomination to God’s law. Marriage is a covenant vocation between one man and one woman. It cannot be redefined as anything different. God defined marriage and no politician in New York state is bigger than God. Pray for the people of New York. We need to take our country back from those who tend to destroy it.

Don Martin -- July 8th, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Thank you Bishop DiMarzio. This is first of all an abuse of language, best illustrated by a question posed by President Lincoln to which he supplied the answer. How many legs does a dog have if we call the tail a leg?

Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it so. The public schools are to become reeducation camps. Heather will have two Mommies and never know the joy of being the apple of her Daddy’s eye. She will have a donor instead. Oh brave new world. Ugh.

Patrick James McKenna -- January 18th, 2012 at 1:11 am

Despite my being a non-Catholic (a Christian who does not agree wth a variety of Catholic doctrine), I absolutely applaud the brave stand of Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio in his opposition to the abomination of the so-called “marriage” between same-sex couples.

The smug opposition to such wrongs as abortion and homosexuality by Catholics who then vote for politicians who support such anti-Christian legislation sickens me. Their excuses, such as “I personaly do not approve of abortion or same-sex marriage, but I support his/her stand on other issues,” is utterly lame.

Dust off your Bible (any version will do) and read the Epistle of The Apostle St. Paul to the Romans Chpter 1, Verses 16 through 32.

In my interpreation of the entire 1st chapter of the Apostle St.Paul’s Epistle to the Romans, is that Verse 32 applies to those who is support any of the current politicians endorsed by the Democrat-Liberal Party.

If the churches took a stand 40 years ago, instead of making excuses for the so-called “pro choice” mob, maybe it wouldn’t be so sinful to vote for any Democrats today.

It’s time for every church to take a stand. Maybe that stand should be on our knees and meditating on 2 Chronicles 7:13-14.

Francys Diaz -- February 9th, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Dear Bishop DiMarzio, Thank you so much for your statement. Marriage was created by GOD, not by us, between a Man and a Woman. Not between man and man or woman and woman. How can’t people do not understand this? It written in bible from the book to Genenis thru Revelation. God clearly condemns SAME SEX Marriage and our Catholic Church is here to remind us of this TRUTH. We cannot be Catholics and go against the GOD’S teaching.
If we don’t obey the teaching of Catholic Church or the Bible(Created by Jesus Christ) we are in big problem!

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Lorraine -- May 3rd, 2012 at 11:53 pm

This is not our law that two people of the same sex should not get married
Or lay down together it is God’s.
no matter how many states make this legal It is still wrong and unnatural .
These couples know deep in their soul that it is wrong.
Lorraine c.

Shirley Jones -- July 10th, 2012 at 10:05 am

God said it is not good for man to be alone and He created Eve to be his helpmate… He did not create Adam and Tom or Eve and Heathr… Man and woman were meant to be partners in creating life… Period….

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