Sunday, June 19, 2011

NY Same-sex 'Marriage' Pits Christians vs. 'christians'

Legislation in New York to destroy marriage/family passed easily in the state Assembly days ago, and stands within one vote of passing the Senate under pressure from Governor Andrew Cuomo.

UPDATE 7/15/11: How apostate clergy helped pass same-sex "marriage"

UPDATE 6/30/11: Catholic Bishop Bars NY Legislators from Parish and School Events

UPDATE 6/24/11: Same-sex "marriage" law passes legislature; governor promises to sign it.

For background, read NY 'Gay Marriage' via Moguls & Corruption and also read NY Gov. Promises Same-sex 'Marriage'

-- From "Same-sex marriage goes down to legislative wire in New York" by Chris Michaud, Reuters 6/19/11

Supporters and opponents of gay marriage made 11th-hour appeals on Sunday as state lawmakers weighed a vote on making New York the sixth state -- and the most populous -- to legalize same-sex marriage.

New York's Archbishop, Timothy Dolan, reiterated his and the Catholic Church's opposition to gay marriage on Sunday, vowing to oppose "any radical bill to redefine the very essence of marriage."

"One has to wonder why the proponents of this radical redefinition, who claim overwhelming popular support, would not consider" a referendum "on such a drastic departure from traditional values?" he wrote on his blog.

Dolan wrote that the "government presumes to redefine" such sacred words as father, mother, husband and wife "at the peril of the common good."

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From "Archbishop Calls Gay Marriage Bill an ‘Ominous Threat’" by Michael Paulson, New York Times 6/17/11

Archbishop Dolan, speaking on Fredric U. Dicker’s radio program on WGDJ-AM (1300), repeatedly made it clear that he strongly opposed gay marriage, which he called “unjust and immoral,” “detrimental for the common good” and “a violation of what we consider the natural law that’s embedded in every man and woman.”

Archbishop Dolan was dismissive of efforts to protect religious organizations from being affected by the legislation, which he called “a couple bones to the dog.” He argued that the rights of churches are already guaranteed by the Constitution, and that as for any additional protections drafted in Albany, “we worry that, what the government gives, the government can take away.”

Archbishop Dolan argued that the passage of same-sex marriage in other states and countries had at times led to problems for clergy and religious organizations who remained in opposition.

Archbishop Dolan also rued what he called “the presumptive omnipotence of the state” in considering allowing gays to marry, and decried a “new religion of secularism that feels it’s going to come to a theocracy and impose its values on society.”

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From "Catholics Rally Against Same-Sex Marriage Vote" by Lauren Green, 6/17/11

"They're trying to say people of faith are bigots, and we think that's offensive," [Brooklyn Diocese' Monsignor Kieran Harrington] said. "If they are convinced we were bigots they wouldn't be giving a religious exemption. How can they be proposing an exemption for bigotry?...They can't have it both ways."

The Catholic Church does not see same-sex marriage as a basic human right. Other orthodox faiths are joining Catholics in opposing the bill.

Rev. Jason McGuire, head of New York for Constitutional Freedoms, which represents evangelicals . . . claims the legislation has a "fake religious liberty exemption," saying that New York already has thousands and thousands of civil rights laws targeting discrimination that will be used against churches and individuals who fail to perform or support same-sex marriage. McGuire claims the law would then "deny us our right to participate fully in our society and be faithful to our religious beliefs."

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From "Evangelicals, Jews, Catholics Intensify Push Against Gay Marriage in NY" by Vincent Giandurco, Christian Post Contributor 6/16/11

Evangelicals, Jews and Catholics in the state are urgently mobilizing their communities to bring a stop to the legalization of gay marriage. Senators’ offices are being inundated with calls . . .

[Rev. Jason McGuire, a Baptist minister and executive director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedom] said he believes the grassroots campaign is gaining traction among the thousands of evangelical churches in New York though they had little time to mobilize.

New York Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell, who is openly gay, introduced the Marriage Equality Act in May, citing increasing support for gay marriage since 2009, when the state Senate defeated a similar bill by a wide margin.

Also placing pressure on senators to vote against the bill, Agudath Israel of New York, an organization representing Orthodox Jews, has distributed letters contending that the bill can potentially infringe on some citizens’ rights.

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Also read NY Gov. Cuomo Should Be Denied Communion