In New York, the issue of same-sex marriage seems to be "dead in the water" for the time being, but the State's Roman Catholic bishops are not taking any chances.
The eight bishops, including Howard Hubbard of the Albany Diocese, called on Catholics and all New Yorkers Wednesday to contact their State Senators, urging them to oppose the legalization bill that already passed the Assembly.
"But we're saying New York does not have to be a follower of those states (that have already legalized gay marriage) and we can affirm that marriage is between a man and a woman and that's no knock on anybody else," said Catholic Conference spokesman Dennis Poust.
The bishops say New York has a compelling legal interest to create stable families and provide for the well being of children through traditional marriages of men and women.
Libby Post, a leader in Albany's gay and lesbian community, told NEWS10 in response, "To make the statement that two men or two women cannot be as good parents as a man and a woman is absurd."