The Catholic Bishops of New York have issued a letter urging the state senate to reject a bill, that would legalize same-sex “marriage.” The measure is “ill-advised” and “would radically change the timeless institution of marriage,” the bishops’ letter said.
“Throughout history, different cultures have had different customs regarding marriage. But the one constant has been the conviction that marriage is the union of a man and a woman in an enduring bond, ordered for the procreation and stable rearing of children.
Nature and our common heritage, and not simply Catholic teaching, defines the meaning of marriage.
The state has a compelling legal interest in promoting marriage between men and women in order to create stable families and provide for the safety, health and well-being of children.
The state has no such compelling legal interest in recognizing a relationship between two people of the same sex,” the bishops said.