“At the end of last week, the state’s most important Roman Catholic leader, Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, designated the bishop of Brooklyn, Nicholas A. DiMarzio, to be the church’s point man in Albany. Bishop DiMarzio has at times provided interesting insights on this issue. In 2004, he suggested that accepting same-sex marriage could put New York on a slippery slope toward condoning marriage between humans and animals.
“You want to reduce something to the absurd, which is basically rhetorical use of an image: Why can’t we have marriages between people and pets?” the bishop said during a radio interview. “I mean, pets really love their masters, and why can’t we have a marriage so they could inherit their money?” (Not to ride this train of thought too long, but Leona Helmsley showed it was possible for a dog to inherit money without the trouble of a wedding.)
Asked if same-sex unions may be a pathway toward other forms of legally sanctioned marriage, Bishop DiMarzio said, “It certainly is.”’
NY Times June 20 2011
June 20, 2011, 8:44 am