In response to passage of a same-sex marriage law last week in the state of New York, Nicholas DiMarzio -- the Catholic bishop for the diocese of Brooklyn -- has asked all Catholic schools to reject any honors bestowed on them by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and lawmakers who voted for the bill, the Cybercast News Service website reports today (July 1, 2011).
Bishop DiMarzio has also asked all pastors and school principals to not invite any of the pro-gay marriage lawmakers "to speak or be present at any parish or school celebration."
The Marriage Equality Act -- which was vigorously promoted by Cuomo -- passed in the New York Senate (33-29) on June 24. Cuomo, who is Catholic, signed the legislation into law that night.
Catholic teaching says that homosexual marriages and civil unions are immoral, contrary to the natural order, and cannot be condoned.