Former New York Giant David Tyree has waded into the fierce battle over same-sex, saying in an online video that allowing gay marriage in the state will mark a slide toward "anarchy."
New York Sen. Roy McDonald, R-Saratoga, announced his support Wednesday for a bill that would legalize gay marriage, creating a 31-31 tie in the state Senate.
Tyree is hoping his message, posted on the National Organization for Marriage website, will persuade lawmakers to take a stand for what he other Christians consider a holy institution.
In a video interview Wednesday with the NOM, the football great explained that the institution of marriage is unique in that it "mirrors a relationship with God." Watch Tyree's interview below.
"I do believe that there is right and wrong. I believe that there is good and evil," he said. "I believe that many things are subjective, but I don't believe that truth is subjective."
"Marriage is one of those things that is the backbone of society," Tyree continued. "So if you redefine it, it changes the way we educate our children; it changes the perception of what is good, what is right, what is just."
Tyree went on to say that he believes marriage is holy and sacred and worth fighting for, for future generations.
He added that gay marriage sends the message that you don't need a mother and a father.
"You can't teach something that you don't have. Two men will never be able to show a woman how to be a woman," the former football star said. "That's just simple, for lack of a better term, common sense."
If the bill passes in New York, it will be a huge victory for gay rights advocates. But Tyree said he believes it will mark the point when society loses its moral bearings.
"This will be the beginning of our country sliding towards, it's a strong word, but anarchy," he said. "That would be the moment that our society loses its grip with what's right."
The Senate vote is scheduled to take place Friday, possibly the last day of the legislative session.
Check out Tyree's interview with CBN Sports Reporter Shawn Brown from March 2008 titled "David Tyree's Giant Catch."