Two weeks after the New York State Senate voted to legalize same-sex marriage, the state's Roman Catholic archbishop said politicians could next redefine marriage to include "multiple partners" and adultery.
Archbishop Timothy Dolan wrote on his blog:
[T]he Church has always stood-up for marriage — one man and one woman, united in lifelong and faithful love, leading to new life in children – whenever and wherever it was in danger....And now we ring the steeple bell again at this latest dilution of the authentic understanding of marriage, worried that the next step will be another redefinition to justify multiple partners and infidelity.
If you think I’m exaggerating, within days of the passage of this bill, one major newspaper ran a flattering profile of a proponent of what was called “nonmonogamy.” Apparently, “nonmonogamy” is the idea that society is unrealistic to think that one man and one woman should remain faithful in marriage, and that openness to some infidelity should be the norm!
In the same post, Dolan responded to criticism that the Catholic Church's opposition to the bill stemmed from homophobia:
We tried our best to insist from the start that our goal was pro-marriage, never anti-gay....If I have offended any of you in my strenuous defense of marriage, I apologize, and assure you it was unintentional.
Dolan referred to the bill as an "ominous threat" to society while it was still pending before the state senate.