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Brooklyn Bishop Issues Ban On All Politicians Who Voted In Favor Of Gay Marriage

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- In the wake of the passage of same-sex marriage, state lawmakers shouldn't expect an invitation to a Catholic church or school in the Diocese of Brooklyn. Lawmakers who voted for gay marriage should also expect any gift or proclamation to be refused.

Last month's gay marriage vote in New York has opened up a war between Brooklyn's bishop and state lawmakers.

Diocesan spokesman, Monsignor Kieran Harrington, said lawmakers didn't even read the bill or debate the issue before quickly voting during the session's final night -- redefining a centuries' old institution.

"Our legislators did not do their job," Harrington told CBS 2's Sean Hennessey.

Harrington asserted the process leading to the vote "seemed to be very flawed."

"Because the process was flawed, we believe the legislation passed. If the process had been different, we don't know if the legislation would have passed," Harrington said.

WCBS 880's Alex Silverman With Harrington


Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio sent a letter to diocesan schools and churches, ripping Albany's corrupt political culture while asking they refuse any distinction of honors bestowed upon them by lawmakers who voted for gay marriage.

Assemblyman Joe Lentol (D-Williamsburg,  Green Point, Fort Green) said he voted his "conscious" and "for equality."  He then received a letter returning his annual gift to a school's graduating class.

"I actually feel sorry for the congregation," Lentol said. "I know the church is not in the greatest financial position."

Senator Marty Golden voted against gay marriage and said he's still unwelcome.

"Even though I'm being punished for it, I understand where he's coming from," said Golden, a Republican representing Bay Ridge. "It is a little bit aggravating, but I'm going to have to get over it."

Even if they disagree with the bishop's position, area lawmakers said they respect the leadership he's taking on this issue and will obey the ban for as long as it's in effect.

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