Statement on "Same-Sex Marriage"
By the Catholic Bishops of New York State
Recently, proposals have been put forth in our state to recognize so-called “same-sex marriage,” a radical step that would remove from marriage its most basic, fundamental characteristic, thereby altering its very essence.
Our Governor has ordered recognition of such unions from other states as “marriages” in New York. This redefinition defies reason. Additionally, the state Assembly last year approved a measure to permit such “marriages” here, though to date the Senate has not.
Such actions, whether the legal union is called “marriage” or “civil union,” represent a destructive development for our state.