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Archbishop Timothy Dolan Continues Campaign Against New York Same-Sex Marriage Bill

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) -- The controversy surrounding same-sex marriage found its way into the prayer service at St. Patrick's cathedral in New York City.

Archbishop Timothy Dolan is continuing his campaign against New York same-sex marriage legislation, this time using special prayer in his opposition.

"Any presumption to redefine that sacred vocabulary, I'm afraid is at our common peril," Dolan said during his prayer service.

WCBS 880'S Mike Xirinachs reports: Several Parishioners Say They Were Offended By Dolan's Prayer


The Archbishop calling his message pro-marriage and not anti-gay and said his service wasn't political. "This was Sunday Mass, so this wasn't about politics, it was more about prayer and principal and preaching and the Bible and calling back to what's best," he said.

But several parishioners walked away from his service, offended by his use of prayer to oppose the controversial legislation.

"We're used to that. People have been walking away from God's law," said Dolan "They even walked away from Jesus so we're kind fo used to that."

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been personally lobbying for the same-sex marriage bill this week in a quest to secure what appears to be one more vote needed to legalize gay marriage and deliver a major win for the national effort.

After a closed door meeting with Cuomo Friday, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos emerged to say that there would be no vote at least until Monday.

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