As New York where gay marriage became legal and despite religious protection exemptions in the bill, there have been angry reactions from the Christian right.
The National Organization For Marriage, which has millions of dollars at its disposal and is directed by Mormon, Catholic and Opus Dei leaders, issued a press release titled "We Pledge $2 Million to Reverse Same-Sex Marriage in New York," in which the organization promised to campaign against Republican senators who voted for the bill's passage:
“The Republican party has torn up its contract with the voters who trusted them in order to facilitate Andrew Cuomo’s bid to be president of the U.S. Selling out your principles to get elected is wrong. Selling out your principles to get the other guy elected is just plain dumb.
Gay marriage has consequences for the next generation, for parents, and for religious people, institutions and small business owners. Politicians who campaign one way on marriage, and then vote the other, need to understand: betraying and misleading voters has consequences, too. We are not giving up, we will continue to fight to protect marriage in New York, as we are actively doing in New Hampshire and Iowa.”
The American Family Association's "One News Now" filtered news service reported,
New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan and bishops around the state released a statement condemning the passage of the law by the Legislature, saying they were "deeply disappointed and troubled.""Our society must regain what it appears to have lost – a true understanding of the meaning and the place of marriage, as revealed by God, grounded in nature, and respected by America's foundational principles," the statement from the Roman Catholic leader read.