Timothy Dolan: Politicians 'burned' us on gay marriage vote

The city's top Catholic says politicians told him gay marriage was a slim possibility.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan said he was out of New York when gay marriage was passed – he left town after senators told him the legislation “didn’t have much of a chance,” he said.

 

Dolan told a Daily News reporter that he was at a conference across the country last summer when the gay marriage vote caught them off guard, adding they were “burned” by the vote.

 

“We got burned last year when we were told the redefinition of marriage didn’t have much of a chance – and of course it did,” Dolan said to reporter Kenneth Lovett.

 

He added, “When they kind of assured us it didn’t have much of a chance – not that we let up, but we probably would have been much more vigorous and even more physically present if we knew there was a chance.”

 

In related news, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today that this week is “Timothy Cardinal Dolan Week” throughout the entire state. One World Trade Center will be lit red from tonight through Sunday in his honor.