NY Clergy Rally against Gay Marriage Efforts

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A group of Christian bishops and clergy members in New York City will hold a noon rally on the steps of City Hall, Tuesday, in hopes to derail efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in the state.

Former New York Giants wide receiver David Tyree will speak at the event.

"I believe in marriage as God originally intended, between one man and one woman. My position may not be popular in some circles, but I care more about marriage and family than my reputation," he said, according to a Tuesday press release by City Action Coalition International.

With just days left in the current legislative session, attention is focused on four undecided Republican senators.
    
All other senators have made their stance on the issue clear, with 29 supporting same sex marriage and 29 opposed.  The New York State Assembly has already voted in favor of the measure.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Michael Bloomberg have also publicly campaigned to legalize gay marriage. At a press conference Monday, the governor used his influence to make a last-minute push.

"This is an issue of social justice, in my opinion," Cuomo said. "This is an issue of social progress and the Democratic Party has always stood firmly on the side of social progress and rooting out injustice."

Meanwhile, Bishop Joseph Mattera, one of the organizers of Tuesday's rally, challenged Cuomo's credibility on the issue of marriage.

"We have a governor with a live-in girlfriend and an unmarried mayor both trying to redefine the sacred institution of marriage for the rest of New York," he said.

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